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New Year Honours for people in Suffolk

The Queen has awarded honours to people in Suffolk in the 2015 New Year Honours list. Photo: PA

A number of people from Suffolk have been included in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Roger Wright from Snape. Chief Executive, Aldeburgh Music and lately Director, BBC Proms and Controller, BBC Radio 3. For services to Music
Roger Wright, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music and former Controller of Radio 3, has been made a CBE. Credit: Tony Harris/PA

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Michael Davies from Sudbury. Head of Maritime Resilience, Planning and Consequence Management, Department for Transport. For services to Maritime Safety.
  • Prof Hugh Williamson from Southwold. Lately Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford. For services to Scholarship and Theology.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Keith Paterson from Newmarket. For services to Promoting Information Technology to Elderly People in the UK
  • Christopher Wells from Eye. Chair of Governors, Federated Schools of Gislingham and Palgrave, Suffolk. For services to Education

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Marian Andrews from Saxmundham. For services to the community in Saxmundham, Suffolk
  • Joanna Copsey from Bury St Edmunds. Town Pastor Volunteer. For services to Policing and Community Safety in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Lance Cruse from Felixstowe. Border Force Officer, Maritime Targeting, Border Force, Felixstowe, Home Office. For services to the Protection of Endangered Species
  • Judith Gowan from Woodbridge. For services to the Aldeburgh Carnival and to the community in East Suffolk
  • The Reverend Susan Nutt from Barnham. For services to the community in Barnham and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Bob Pegnall from Woodbridge. For services to the community in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Jonanna Copsey has been involved in providing a town pastor service to Bury St Edmunds since 2009. This service helps support individuals who are vulnerable when leaving drinking and eating establishments in the late evening. She co-ordinates 50 volunteers in Bury St Edmunds to support this work.

As well as providing a vital service to those individuals often unwell or in vulnerable situations, through her work she has helped to support the night time economy in Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk Police have commended her work as a town pastor, citing the importance of a civilian effort in community safety that helps to diffuse often difficult situations.

She is a real galvaniser for community activity and her enthusiasm and dedication is infectious with the local partners all fulsome in their praise of her efforts. She also seeks to collaborate closely with the police, partners and the community of Bury St Edmunds ensuring the night time economy is vibrant, freer of crime and safe to enjoy.

– New Year Honours 2014

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