New Year Honours in Somerset
Several residents of Somerset have been honoured in this year’s New Year Honours list. And the great thing about the modern list is that it mixes the well known from the world of sport, politics and showbiz with those people who give dedicated service their local community and might otherwise go unnoticed on the national stage:
Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Paul Frank NICHOLLS Jump Racing Trainer. Based at his stables in Ditcheat, Nicholls was a moderately successful jockey over jumps. However as a trainer he is arguably the leading National Hunt trainer of his generation.
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Karl Ashley JONES is a Detective Sergeant in the Bridgwater police team working for Avon & Somerset Police. He is given his award for being founder and Executive Chair of Trustees, Senior Citizen Liaison Team and for services to charity and to Older People in South West England and South Wales in general. His big idea was the introduction of designated benches where anyone can stop and have a conversation. The first one was located in Burnham-on-Sea in 2018 and the idea has spread rapidly to Europe and to Australia and North America.
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire
James Charles Macaulay BOOTH is given his award for services to charity and the community in Devon and Somerset
Nicholas Chandra GUPTA, lately Deputy Director for Wessex, Environment Agency is given an award for services to the Environment in the West of England (Somerset)
Michael MCGARVIE For services to Local History in Frome. Michael is a local historian from the top drawer and a prolific author. His most popular work the Book of Frome is now into a fifth edition which traces the history of the community from its foundation by St Aldhelm in 685 until 2000AD. There are chapters on all aspects of the town from its origin to the present day. His other titles include Around Frome for the Images of England series and Frome Through the Ages
Michael TAYLOR For services to the community in Axbridge. Mike Taylor moved to Axbridge with his wife and two daughters in 1987. Keen to be involved in his local community he was first elected to the town council in 1991. He has now served as a councillor for nearly 30 years including three terms as Mayor.
Finally Tamsen WETHERALL is receives her award for services to Charitable Fundraising and Girlguiding in Bridgwater.
Congratulations to all of them.