It is easy to nominate people for an honour
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.