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Local heroes recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list

PUBLISHED: 17:34 14 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 July 2010

She may be better known for her associations with Norwich City Football Club but Delia Smith was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to food.

She may be better known for her associations with Norwich City Football Club but Delia Smith was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to food.

Ms Smith, who was already an OBE, was made a CBE after 40 years of cookery writing but told the EDP “it doesn't feel like it deserves any special honour”.

The Canaries joint majority shareholder said: “Obviously it's a very, very great honour - I've been writing recipes for 40 years now and so I imagine it's recognition of that. It does feel special - it's difficult for me because what I do, I write recipes and demonstrate them on TV, feels just like regular, everyday work.

“When I got my OBE, I met the Queen so I might meet her again, or it may be another member of the Royal Family. It will be a great day out and we'll have a celebration.

“At the moment, I'm working with the BBC on a series about the 40 years I've been writing recipes, and it's been interesting for me going through the decades - starting in the 1960s, and going back and looking at how things have changed.”

“It's very funny when you watch it and you see what I was wearing. I've got some celebrities who help me - Stephen Fry is a Norwich City supporter so it was good to get him.”

“I've been looking at the archived footage of when I started, and in my very first series I'm holding a green pepper - I said 'Now, you probably won't be able to get one of these', and it just seems crazy now.

“When I first started my cookery column, olive oil was something you could only get in the chemist. Now, it's wall-to-wall.”

Knights Bachelor.

Andrew Motion, former poet laureate and professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA), has been made a knight bachelor for services to literature.

Sir Andrew succeeded Malcolm Bradbury in the prestigious UEA post in 1989 and was stationed there when he was made poet laureate for a 10 year-term in 1999.

In 2003 he moved on to become professor of creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Sir Andrew was born in London on October 26, 1952 and read English at University College, Oxford.

He taught English at the University of Hull from 1976 to 1981 where he met the poet Philip Larkin and was editor of Poetry Review from 1981 to 1983.

As well as being an award-winning poet and biographer he is a critic, lecturer and champion of poetry and succeeded Ted Hughes as laureate.

He has also been poetry editor and editorial director at publishers Chatto and Windus and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and chairman of the Arts Council of England's literature panel.

He told the EDP in April that he negotiated the 10-year time limit on the poet laureate role, which is normally held until death.

He said: “I think I would have found it untenable to go and live in Garboldisham say and write a few poems from time to time in a lordly way.

“Poetry needs more than that and there are ways it can be helped or that people who feel poetry is not for them can be helped to see that it is. The job has to have a sense of weight and life to it for people to say 'It's the poet laureate'. It has to make the politicians sit up.”

For his services to plant sciences, Prof Charles Baulcombe, who lives in Norfolk, has been made a knight bachelor.

Now professor of botany and Royal Society research professor at the University of Cambridge, his career as an independent scientist started at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge and continued between 1988 and 2007 at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich.

He was elected to the Royal Society in 2001 and the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2005.

His honours and awards include the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences' MW Beijerinck Virology Prize (2004) and the Royal Society's Royal Medal (2006).

CBE.

Prof Chris Lamb, director of the John Innes Centre at Colney, near Norwich, has been made a CBE for services to plant sciences.

He said: “Plant science is central to delivering global food security, adapting crops to climate change and maintaining human health in an ageing population.

“I feel this honour reflects on the excellence of research carried out by my colleagues and the impact it will have on addressing such grand challenges.”

After completing a PhD at Cambridge University, he became a research fellow at the University of Oxford.

In 1982 he moved to the Salk Institute in California, rising to director of the Plant Biology Laboratory, before becoming the director of the John Innes Centre in 1999.

Since then, he has led a continued focus on excellence in science at the institute, and helped to promote Norwich as a major centre for scientific research, especially in the areas of food, environment and health.

Prof Lamb, who lives at Shimpling, near Diss, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.

Former director of the Institute of Food Research at Colney, near Norwich, Prof David White has been made a CBE for services to biological science.

He was appointed in 2004 having previously been director of science and technology at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

“From a personal point of view it is very pleasing to be recognised by one's peers but also it is based on what IFR is and does and what has happened there in the last few years,” said Prof White, who lives in Norwich.

The 68-year-old who retired from IFR in March this year, is currently writing a book and is aiming to take a master's degree in photographic studies.

A Norfolk government lawyer has been made a CBE. Sandra Walker, deputy director of Children's Services at the Legal Advisers' Office, at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (Norfolk), said: “I am delighted to receive this award. Over the years, I have been privileged to work as a government lawyer with talented colleagues, on really interesting issues relating to children and families.”

MBE.

Britain's best-known angler, John Wilson, has been made an MBE for services to angling.

TV presenter, author and former tackle shop owner Mr Wilson, 65, is best known for the 17 consecutive series of Go Fishing he made for Anglia TV. It was one of Anglia's longest running TV series, with 108 half-hour episodes.

He said: “I feel very honoured and it's a great thing for angling.

“Angling does not get much coverage in the news today - football seems to take pride of place in everything - so it's nice that it's getting some publicity.”

The grandfather-of-two and father-of-two has been angling since he was a boy and said he would continue to do it until he drops.

He's now filming his 20th TV series on angling, and said: “I did 17 consecutive years for Anglia TV on Go Fishing, and John Wilson's Fishing World will be my third series for the Discovery channel, following John Wilson's Fishing Safari and Dream Fishing. The new 12-part series will air in September.”

Mr Wilson, who lives in Great Witchingham, was the son of a bricklayer and spent the first 22 years of his life in north London.

He opened John's Tackle Den in Bridewell Alley, Norwich in 1971 and he ran the shop for 26 years before selling it 14 years ago to devote more time to writing and TV projects.

He's also a prolific writer and has written more than 30 books on fishing.

A grandmother who has worked tirelessly for her community has been made an MBE.

Roslyn Joy Whitwell, 62, known as Lynn in Hardingham where she lives, has been rewarded for her work making the village shine.

In the 33 years that she has lived in Rushworth Low Street she has been instrumental in helping to set up a new youth club, organising the annual village fete and setting up a book and music club in the village.

Roslyn, who has two sons, Perry, 42, and Tim, 41, worked in the civil service and with the Department of Employment before she retired.

After giving up work, she took up a post as clerk on Hardingham Parish Council, a position she has now held for the past nine years. She is also a member of the Women's Institute.

She said: “I have always been involved with the community here. I have helped each year with the annual fete which takes place at the end of June.

“For the Millennium I also helped with fundraising for new gates on the church and a new clock in the village tower.

“I think the reason I have been given the MBE is because if I have an idea I just run with it and do all I can to get it off the ground.”

Away from the work she does in the village, which she says has one of the best community spirits around, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, Peter, 64, grandchildren Dale, 20, Catherine, 16, and six-year-old Emily, and daughters-in-law Lesley and Jayne.

Founder of The Big C, David Douglas Moar, has been made an MBE for his voluntary services to cancer charities in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

The 58-year-old set up the charity with Clive Bamford in 1980 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and then secondary lung cancer.

The father-of-one who is married to Carolyn, 58, said he was “shocked” to have been made an MBE.

The farming business development manager, who is father to James, 23, said: “I couldn't believe it. I was amazed when I found out.”

Mr Moar said he decided to set up the charity after having to travel to London for treatment. The aim was to make sure other people diagnosed with cancer could have the support they needed in Norfolk and Waveney.

The pair founded The Big C, which continues to help support 7,000 people diagnosed with cancer at its centre based at the Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust.

It is also heavily involved in cancer research.

He added: “All those nights that we sat in various buildings discussing spending, the money on research and the time we spend raising funds since we started has been amazing.

“I still consider every day as lucky.”

When Jenny Reynolds retires from education at the end of this term, she will have spent 30 years helping thousands of children with special needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Starting in a high school special needs department in London, Mrs Reynolds, who has been made an MBE for services to education, moved to Norfolk 22 years ago.

The 61-year-old is currently deputy headteacher at the Douglas Bader Centre pupil referral unit, from where she will retire on July 17. Her particular responsibility is working to prevent the exclusion of children from mainstream schools.

“Yes, it is a very challenging job, but it is also enormously rewarding,” said Mrs Reynolds.

“I was astounded when I was told about the MBE, there are many people who deserve it far more than I do.

“If it helps draw some attention to the type of work we do at the pupil referral unit, that is of course a good thing.”

Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust consultant clinical psychologist Gillian Bowden said of being made an MBE: “I am proud for the trust, proud for clinical psychology, proud for myself and the team I work in and proud for the people of Yarmouth.”

Ms Bowden, who has been honoured for her services to mental health in Yarmouth, is the lead psychologist for Yarmouth and the manager of the Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Service, which includes the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

IAPT aims to implement treatment for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, through primary care services.

She said: “It is wonderful for the service and for my role in it to be recognised in this way. Everyone has pulled together to create such a strong service for Yarmouth.”

Jimmy Jones, 70, honoured with an MBE for services to sport in Yarmouth, said he had “loved every minute” of his 36-year connection with Gorleston Football Club as chairman and president.

Mr Jones, whose family runs the resort's Pleasure Beach, said the accolade was for everyone connected with the club that represented old-fashioned values in the game.

As a former board member at Carrow Road from Norwich City's days in the Premiership, Mr Jones said: “All directors at big clubs should start out a grassroots level. It's like serving an apprenticeship. You learn you can only afford to pay out what you bring in.”

Yarmouth man Robert Price, 62, said he was delighted to have been made an MBE for his voluntary services to plumbing and heating industries in the town and for his role in the community.

Mr Price, who formed the Yarmouth Heating Co in 1971, was president of the Norfolk branch of the National Association of Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical Service Contractors and was the national president of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors.

He also contributed to shows for BBC Radio Norfolk and was a member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and a long serving director of the Plumbing Pensions UK.

In his community role he served as a magistrate in Norwich and Yarmouth for 25 years, served on the Yarmouth Victim Support Scheme and is a member of the St Nicholas Church Preservation Trust and the Rotary Club and Freemasons.

Mr Price said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be made an MBE. This is fantastic recognition for the plumbing and heating industry and without the support of my colleagues this would not have been possible.

“I would also like to thank my wife, Maureen, and family for their support and encouragement over the years.”

Malcolm Berridge has been made an MBE for services to the community in Lowestoft.

Mr Berridge is chairman of the Lowestoft Players theatre group and has been chairman of the trustees of the Broad House Museum in Nicholas Everitt's Park in Oulton Broad.

He was chief executive of Waveney District Council in the late 1990s and is also involved with the Lowestoft and Plaisir Twinning Association.

Jan Godfrey has been made an MBE for services to young people and the community in Wayland.

Mrs Godfrey was a teacher at Wayland Community High School for 35 years and finished her teaching career there as acting head.

She set up the Watton Art Society, which brings young people and the community together through performing art, and this led to the establishment of the week-long Watton Festival, which is now in its ninth year and of which she is currently honorary vice-president.

A member of the team which established The Wayland Partnership, Mrs Godfrey is currently chairman of trustees of the organisation.

As part of her role in the partnership she also sits on the Breckland Local Strategic Partnership, improving the quality of life for people visiting, living or working in the area.

Mrs Godfrey was also instrumental in forming the Wayland Youth Council in 2001.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to bits. There is not a superlative to say how I feel about this.

“An award like this would not have been possible without an amazing number of members of the community, volunteers and staff who have been involved in the partnership all the way.”

Queen's Police Medal.

The man who led the investigation into the deaths of five prostitutes, who were killed by Steve Wright in Ipswich in 2006/07, has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

Det Chief Insp Stewart Gull, of Suffolk police, has completed 28 years of service.

Mr Gull started his career in Lowestoft as a PC in 1981, when he was just 18.

He is now the force's head of protective services, based in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, and lives in the west of the county.

He said: “I am very surprised and I feel very humbled by the nomination and the award. For me, I regard this as a recognition of the work of the whole constabulary.”

Military.

Capt Ian Robinson, from the Royal Anglian Regiment, was made a MBE and Group Capt Russell La Forte, former commanding officer at RAF Honington, was made a CBE.

Suffolk.

OBE.

Prof Sheila Anne Rodwell. Director, Medical Research Council Centre for Nutrition, University of Cambridge. For services to healthcare.

Steven Sharratt. Group chief executive, Bio Group Ltd. For services to business.

MBE.

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy. Artist. For services to art.

Craig Dearden-Phillips. Founder and chief executive, Speaking Up Charity. For services to social enterprise.

Thomas Gondris. For voluntary service to conservation and heritage in Suffolk.

Maxine Kasicki. For voluntary service to victim support, West Suffolk.

Donald Henry Kitt. For voluntary service to Ipswich Holiday Help for Children.

Sandra Margaret Pell. Chairman, Suffolk Waste Management Group. For services to local government.

Maureen Dorothy Ann Reynel. For voluntary service through Families in Need, Ipswich.

Doreen Savage. Member, Felixstowe Town Council. For services to local government.

Lt Col Ronald Ernest Warren. For services to the community in Saxmundham, Suffolk.

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