Lo­cal he­roes hon­oured

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ec­cle­ston News Re­porter ben.ec­cle­ston@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MU­SIC stal­warts, war veter­ans and com­pany direc­tors are among peo­ple across Coven­try and War­wick­shire named in the New Year’s Hon­ours list.

A to­tal of 18 peo­ple from across the re­gion will soon be show­ing off their MBE, OBE or Bri­tish Em­pire Medal with pride af­ter be­ing named among the 1,100 or so to be hon­oured.

Lead­ing the way for Coven­try is mu­sic his­to­rian and 2-Tone guru Pete Cham­bers who has been recog­nised for his vol­un­tary ser­vice to mu­sic in the city.

Pete, who has writ­ten the Tele­graph’s reg­u­lar Back­beat col­umn for more than a decade, is also cu­ra­tor at Coven­try Mu­sic Mu­seum and has been awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal.

He said: “If some­one had ever told me I would end up on the New Year’s Hon­ours list I wouldn’t have be­lieved them.

“It is in­cred­i­ble and life-chang­ing for me. I have al­ways doubted it when peo­ple have said nice things about me, so this is really spe­cial.

“Es­pe­cially with how much I love Coven­try and its mu­sic, so to get the award for ser­vices to mu­sic in Coven­try makes me so proud.

“I want to thank Julie who has helped me with all this and all the peo­ple that have writ­ten ci­ta­tions, which I have been able to read now. It’s amaz­ing how kind and lov­ing peo­ple are.”

Also re­ceiv­ing a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal in the New Year’s Hon­ours list is D-Day vet­eran Den­nis Dav­i­son.

The 92-year-old has re­ceived his hon­our for ser­vices to Sec­ond World War com­mem­o­ra­tion and memo­ri­al­i­sa­tion and set­ting up the char­ity, Nor­mandy Day UK.

A third Coven­try re­cip­i­ent of a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal is teach­ing

If some­one had ever told me I would end up on the New Year’s Hon­ours list I wouldn’t have be­lieved them PETE CHAM­BERS

as­sis­tant Keelie Jayne Hill.

The Sher­bourne Fields School mem­ber of staff is also a coach for the Sher­bourne Stars cheer­lead­ing team, which is made up of chil­dren with spe­cial needs and dis­abil­i­ties.

Her medal is in recog­ni­tion of her ser­vices to young­sters with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and dis­abil­i­ties.

On the list of MBEs is an en­tre­pre­neur from Bed­worth who has spent ten years pro­vid­ing sup­port and qual­i­fi­ca­tions to hard-to-reach and chal­leng­ing young peo­ple.

David Cow­ell, who was born and raised in Alice Close, has be­come a Mem­ber of the Bri­tish Em­pire for his ser­vices to vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

The 33-year-old for­mer Ni­cholas Cham­ber­laine Com­pre­hen­sive School pupil helped fund and set up a project to re­duce anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and tru­ancy in Mel­ton Mow­bray.

The Mel­ton Learn­ing Hub of­fi­cially opened in June 2005 and since then 1,782 vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions have been achieved by young peo­ple who find main­stream school­ing chal­leng­ing.

The Hub has now be­come a so­cial en­ter­prise with char­i­ta­ble sta­tus and David has also helped open a num­ber of vo­ca­tional cen­tres, in­clud­ing an ed­u­ca­tional café and evening so­cial Hub.

The Hub was fur­ther recog­nised in May 2015 when it re­ceived a Royal visit from Princess Anne.

David said: “I am very hon­oured to re­ceive this award. I have ded­i­cated a lot of time over the last ten years to young peo­ple and am one of the lucky peo­ple that en­joys ev­ery minute of a very re­ward­ing job.

“Al­though I am now based in Le­ices­ter­shire, I was born and raised in Bed­worth and will al­ways call the town home.

“I am happy to be rep­re­sent­ing Bed­worth on the New Year’s Hon­ours List and hope I have made a few peo­ple there proud.”

David’s proud mother, Gil­lian Clarke, who still lives in Bed­worth, said: “David has had a great in­flu­ence on dis­en­gaged young peo­ple and helped many of them re­ceive qual­i­fi­ca­tions they oth­er­wise would have not.

“It is won­der­ful this hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has been recog­nised at such a young age.”

Join­ing him on the list of MBEs is Michael An­thony Bre­itheamh Judge, from Rugby, for ser­vices to char­ity, Coven­try Univer­sity and the com­mu­nity in Dunchurch, as well as Ian Eva, an ap­pren­tice man­ager at Jaguar Land Rover.

Ian, from Soli­hull, has been named for his ser­vices to vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

An­other rep­re­sen­ta­tive of War­wick­shire in the New Year’s Hon­ours list is Southam’s Sarah Louisa Goodall, deputy di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Crime Agency, who has been hon­oured for ser­vices to law en­force­ment.

The Queen’s Po­lice Medal has also been awarded to the Chief Con­sta­ble of War­wick­shire Po­lice, Martin Jel­ley.

Den­nis Dav­i­son at a me­mo­rial in Hol­land

Pete Cham­bers with Yoko Ono

David Cow­ell with Princess Anne

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