[T]oday, 30 December 2017, HM Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman, has announced several Cumbrians who will be receiving a UK Honour in 2018, and is also encouraging local residents to consider nominating more people from across the county.
The Honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public and community life, and are committed to making a difference to those around them.
Several Cumbrians have already been confirmed to receive a UK Honour in 2018:
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- Mrs Deborah Louise Brownson of Barrow, for services to autism awareness.
- Mr Charles Richard Butler of Ulverston, for services to music education.
- Mr Philip Peter Buxton of Barrow, for services to mountain rescue.
- Mr Malcolm Grindrod of Consiton, for services to mountain rescue.
- Mr Thomas Frederic Metcalfe of Kirkby in Furness, for services to bell ringing.
- Mr Adrian Treharne of Ulverston, for services to people with disabilities.
- Mr Christopher John Whiteside of Whitehaven, for political and public service.
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
- Mr Anthony Robin Ardron of Workington, for services to people with disabilities.
- Mr John Roger Kennedy of St Bees for services to the community in West Cumberland.
- Mrs Sarah Gertrude Kennedy of St Bees for services to the community in West Cumberland.
- Mr Carl Jonathan Scrivens of Glenridding, for services to the community in Glenridding.
Anyone can nominate someone for a UK Honour through the ‘open access’ system and these are awarded to people from all walks of life.
The final decision as to who receives an honour is first decided by an Honours Committee and their recommendations will then go to the Prime Minister and finally to HM The Queen. On approval – and the process can take up to 18 months – an announcement of recipients will be made in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.
Nomination forms and advice on how to complete them are available through the Cumbria County Council website.
Mrs Claire Hensman, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria, said: “I would encourage people to think about someone that they know who always goes the extra mile for others and who has made a special contribution to their community or to their area of work over the years. Anyone can nominate a person for an honour and I am very keen for people who have given exceptional service to the community to receive the recognition they deserve.
“These awards are special and for me they are the highest possible recognition of a job well done.”