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

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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.

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