Somerset citizens recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The following have been recognised for outstanding work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. the list was delayed this year because of the pandemic and was finally published last night. We’d like to offer our own congratulations to all those given awards.

Order of the British Empire Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Robin Wight CVO For services to Diversity in the Creative Industries (Exmoor, Somerset): Mr Wright had spent 50 years in the creative industries cutting his teeth with the Saatchis. In March 2019 he started working as an “ideas generator” for causes large and small where a great idea can make the difference. Exmoor Branding was set up to help local brands and businesses on a low-cost/no cost basis.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Stephen Barry Clare. Director, Holy Well Glass. For services to Stained Glass Conservation Wells: Stephen Clare has worked with stained glass since 1980. He founded Holy Well Glass in Wells in 1995 and the company employs 18 people, making it the largest stained glass studio in the UK. As a leading expert he is called on to help preserve glass in some of our most iconic buildings. A highly niche business, he has made training up young people and passing on his skills to a new generation a priority.

Georgina Ruth Nayler Deputy Chair, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery Trust. For services to Heritage and Culture (Taunton, Somerset) Although resident of Taunton, Georgina Nayler is honoured for her work on the edge of London. She is a trustee of the home of Sir John Soane, one of the most influential architects in British history. The Trust works with Ealing Council to keep the house open to the public and to stage major exhibitions of work by leading arhitects.

Angela Mary Singleton. Project Co-ordinator, Crewkerne Active Lifestyle Centre. For services to Community Health and Wellbeing (Crewkerne, Somerset)

Julian Derek Webb. For public service (Taunton, Somerset)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

Tina Jane Chapman. For services to the community in Templecombe, Somerset. Tina Chapman is one of those people who seem to be involved in just about everything that keeps rural communities alive and getting things done. Amongst many other things she has served as clerk and Responsible Finance Officer for the Parish Council, A trustee of the Village Hall

Marjorie Elizabeth Thelma Covey For services to the community in Wellington, Somerset. A well loved “character” is another of those special people who always seem to be at the forefront of making things happen for their community. She has made contributions to the WRVS, the Northfield Centre (she worked their for 21 years retiring aged 84!) and the Royal British Legion and offered her skills as a trained chiropodist to the elderly of the town.

Susan Esther Hayes. For services to the community in Winsford, Somerset (Minehead, Somerset) Another community stalwart, Susan Hayes served as a parish councillor for Winsford and also on the Village Hall committee.

Barrie Stuart Palmer Founder and Trustee, Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment. For services to Cancer Treatment (Taunton, Somerset). Barrie Palmer set up Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) to help raise the last £200,000 needed for the campaign to be able to provide state-of-the-art scanning and treatment equipment for a new Cancer Centre for Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. The campaign was launched in late 2000 after he saw how much strain it was putting on a friend who was travelling to Bristol and back for cancer treatment.

Peter Ridler For services to the community in Yeovil, Somerset: Peter Ridler has devoted close to 35 years to the Westfield community in Yeovil. Over that time he has contributed to Westfield Community School both as a member of the PTA and as a school governor. He helped raise money for the St Peter’s Church fund. He helped support the luncheon dinners held for older people. He also helped to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West over a number of years. He has also been known to knit baby hats for the maternity unity at Yeovil Hospital. 


  • What about someone from Chard, they were fully organised to help us O.A.P.s with shopping, prescription delivery, mental health etc. With kindness.

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