It is easy to nom­i­nate peo­ple for an hon­our

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

OVER the sum­mer months I will, as ever, be at­tend­ing a wide range of events or­gan­ised by vol­un­tary groups across the whole of the Bea­cons­field con­stituency area.

Those in­volved in run­ning these events are work­ing for the good of our com­mu­nity.

The an­nounce­ment of the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours re­cently re­minded me that peo­ple might not re­alise that it is pos­si­ble for any mem­ber of the public to nom­i­nate some­one to re­ceive an hon­our. you think that there is some­one in your com­mu­nity whose ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice should be recog­nised more widely, then you can make a nom­i­na­tion. It is good that a wide range of peo­ple should be in­volved in the process, to re­flect a mul­ti­plic­ity of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Of course, the sys­tem of hon­ours is not re­stricted to the vol­un­tary sec­tor and awards can also be made to peo­ple be­cause of the work that they do, their achieve­ments or the way that they have en­hanced Bri­tain’s rep­u­ta­tion. All kinds of achieve­ments and long-term ac­tiv­i­ties can be recog­nised, with the em­pha­sis that the in­di­vid­ual is “mak­ing a dif­fer­ence”.

It can be quite a lengthy process, be­cause all the nom­i­na­tions are ex­am­ined and checked, with the Hon­ours Com­mit­tee de­cid­ing on which should go for­ward, first to the prime min­is­ter and then to the Queen, who will award the hon­our.

One of the stip­u­la­tions is that the in­di­vid­ual should still be in­volved in the

If ac­tiv­ity for which they will be nom­i­nated. As the process can take a year to 18 months, there may need to be some dis­creet for­ward plan­ning, pre­par­ing the nom­i­na­tion pa­pers. ‘Dis­creet’ is also the watch­word be­cause the per­son who is nom­i­nated should not be aware of the process.

There is use­ful in­for­ma­tion at www.gov. uk/hon­ours/over­view, in­clud­ing guid­ance about how to write a nom­i­na­tion. A group of peo­ple can be in­volved in writ­ing the ci­ta­tion and in pre­par­ing the form to go in for con­sid­er­a­tion.

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