Nearly 40 years and 127 children later, foster carer Babs Bower from Crawley has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to children and families. She joins Robert Bagley from Canterbury, a supermarket worker who's also been awarded an MBE for many years of voluntary work and fundraising for disadvantaged children in East Kent. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
The hard work and tireless campaigning of people right here in our region is being recognised in this year's New Year Honours list. Among those to receive an MBE is a woman who's raised awareness of autism in girls, and a 67-year-old lifeguard who's been patrolling the beaches for more than 50 years. Charlotte Cross reports.
MBEs have also been awarded to: Robert Bagley, Canterbury; Richard Edwards, Hastings; Christopher Hyson, Portsmouth; Carly Jones, Arborfield; Michelle Lee, Denham; Tim Lovett, Esher; John Matthews, Shanklin; Freeda Streeter, Nutfield; Hammie Tappenden, Cowes. Jean Beauchamp, East Grimstead nr Salisbury; Christopher Lewis, Bournemouth; Capt (Rtd) Santa Pun, Highworth, WIltshire.
A Surrey Police detective who has made a difference to the lives of many bereaved families has been recognised for her services to policing in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Detective Constable Alice Barr, 49, who is based in Woking, began her career with Surrey Police in 1995. She became a family liaison officer in 2001, later joining the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team in 2010. She was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in recognition for her services to supporting families of victims of homicide.
Since her initial deployment on a high profile missing person enquiry and the subsequent murder investigation, she has supported many families during the most difficult times of their lives. Working alongside the investigation team while supporting families, she has been part of many high-profile and complex cases.
Conservative MP for Christchurch and veteran former minister Christopher Chope receives a knighthood. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Christchurch in 1997.
BEM recipients: Reginald Barry, Nettlestone, Isle of Wight; Joyce Brooker, Wing, Buckinghamshire; Wendy Daws, Rochester; Caroline Husain, Chandler's Ford; Heather Mealing, Lewes; The Reverend Roger Stone, Hythe, Southampton; Scott Watkin, Ryde; Frances Woolaway, Reading; George (Eddie) Martin, Ferndown, Dorset.
The Beatles' Ringo Starr and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb have been awarded knighthoods in the New Year Honours, alongside a string of political figures including former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and key Tory backbencher Graham Brady.
Gibb, who is recognised for his services to music and charity, dedicated the honour to his late brothers and former bandmates and said: "The magic, the glow, and the rush will last me the rest of my life."
The musicians are joined on the list by Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, 48, who said she was "truly humbled" to become a dame for services to dance, and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, who is knighted for services to literature and charity.
In a short message, signed off with his trademark phrase, 77-year-old Starr said: "It's great! It's an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo."