For their honours
PEOPLE from around Bucks have been honoured for their work in this year’s New Year’s Honours list. Lorcan Lovett, Jo-Anne Rowney and James Chapple report on those selected for the awards
AMAN who has worked tirelessly for his community for more than a decade has been awarded an MBE.
Alan Walters, leader of Beaconsfield Town Council, has been awarded an MBE for services to the community of Beaconsfield.
Mr Walters, who is married with two children, has been a councillor for 12 years and a district councillor for 10.
He said: “I got the letter four weeks before but had to keep it a secret, I couldn’t tell anyone. I was absolutely gobsmacked when I got it. I had no idea. I was very, very surprised.
“I am very proud, it’s a great honour.”
He added: “It says it’s for services for the community of Beaconsfield but nothing more. I don’t have any idea how it came about, but I’m very appreciative of people that feel that way.”
During his time as a councillor Mr Walters led the initiative for Christmas Lights throughout Beaconsfield and campaigned against back garden development and inappropriate parking in the old and new towns.
Mr Walters also chaired the fundraising committee which raised funds for the new Girl Guide headquarters, in Malthouse Square, and is a member of the British Legion committee.
He also sits on the Curzon Centre management committee and was part of the group which organised the World War One centenary events in the town, which involved restoring the memorial and getting a plaque for VC Francis Grenfell.
AWOMAN who has championed fair trade for nearly 30 years has been recognised with a new year’s honour. Margaret Dykes, 60, from Chalfont St Giles, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to charity and her community.
Mrs Dykes volunteers for fair trade organisation Traidcraft which involves selling ethically-sourced products around the Chalfonts as well as visiting schools to spread the fair trade message.
She said: “I was amazed to be given the honour, lots of people in the local community do a lot of good work so I was bowled over I was chosen.
“I strongly believe that it’s fair and just we should pay the right price for what we consume. If we do not, the implication for others could be poverty.”
Mrs Dykes was introduced to fair trade 28 years ago by her brother, who was a Traidcraft volunteer in Mozambique. Her activities include a monthly fair trade coffee morning at Chalfont St Peter Parish Church and bringing food to places such as care homes.
Outside fair trade, Mrs Dykes volunteers for Gerrards Cross and The Chalfonts branch of the National Council of Women and as a driver for Contact the Elderly. She also has roles with the parish church and is a treasurer for Chalfont St Giles Gardens Association.
THE health chief heading up the new hospital trust that includes Wexham Park Hospital has been knighted.
Frimley Park Hospital chief executive Andrew Morris received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for more than 40 years’ service to the NHS.
Sir Andrew was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s 2011 birthday honours list and now, after overseeing perhaps the greatest structural change in the hospital’s 40-year history, during 2013 and 2014, he has been recognised again.
He was appointed general manager of Frimley Park Hospital in 1989 before becoming its chief executive in 1991. During his tenure, he has led the establishment of the hospital’s Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit in 1996 and, in 2005, he took Frimley Park to foundation trust status.
In 2013, the hospital, in Portsmouth Road, sought to acquire failing Berkshire hospitals Wexham Park, in Slough, and Heatherwood, in Ascot. A successful merger – the first of its kind – was agreed in September to create the all-new Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which boasts a catchment area of almost one million people across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire.
The hospital itself was, in the same month, the first in the country to be awarded outstanding status under the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessment regime.
The CQC inspectors said the trust had a strong safety culture embedded across all levels of staff, while learning was actively encouraged and temporary staff were given the guidance they needed to perform well.
Sir Andrew’s knighthood has been welcomed by NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham clinical commissioning group (CCG), among others. CCG chairman and clinical lead, Dr Andy Whitfield said the honour recognised Sir Andrew’s inspirational leadership over many years, which had resulted in the transformation of facilities and services at Frimley Park.
INSPIRATIONAL: Frimley Park Hospital chief executive Andrew Morris has been knighted after 40 years’ service in the NHS.
“Frimley Park is central to NHS services in the area,” said Dr Whitfield. “Nearly half of the services we commission are provided by Frimley. It is reassuring to know that those services are of the highest standard. We look forward to working with Sir Andrew on some of the big challenges that lie ahead.”
Maggie MacIsaac, CCG chief officer, added: “His success, and that of Frimley Park, are a tribute to his devotion to his work and his ability to inspire all who work with him in improving healthcare for the population of the area.”
‘BOWLED OVER’: Margaret Dykes has received the British Empire Medal for services to charity and her community.