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Berkshire mum and founder of support group recognised

Margaret Aldwin, 65, from Berkshire has been awarded an MBE as a founding member and Trustee, Ichthyosis Support Group for services to people with genetic disorders.

She set up the ISG in 1997 to provide support for sufferers of ichthyosis, a rare genetic condition, and their families.

She has a daughter with the condition and found that even health professionals often knew very little about the condition.

The isolation and ignorance she experienced over the next few years motivated her to set up, with her daughter Mandy, ISG. The support group achieved its charity status a year later.

The efforts she has put in have enabled greater understanding of the condition by health professionals, the general public and sufferers themselves.

Honours for those within Hampshire community

A select few across Hampshire have been granted MBEs, CBEs and BEMs as part of the New Year's honours by the Queen.

John Bonney - is Hampshire's chief fire officer and has been the past decade. He was awarded a CBE for his work in the fire service.

Bob Ratcliffe - is Hampshire's assistant chief fire officer who was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

Jan Ward, from the New Forest, has been awarded a CBE for her work with the Hampshire business Corrotherm International in Totton.

Jillian Ghanouni, a founding member of a Southampton charity who works with those suffering from Leprosy, was awarded a MBE.

Jinty Williamson, from Chandler's Ford, has been given an MBE for her services to Girl Guiding in the area.

Trevor Richards, from Southampton, has been awarded a BEM for services to Biomedical Research and welfare of animals in research.

Keith Chapman, a Hampshire councillor, has been given an MBE for his services to arts and culture.

Jeanne Wilde, from New Forest, has been given a BEM for her services to her local community.

Amanda Chessell, from Southampton, received a CBE for her services to engineering as part of her work in developing computer software.

Eve Richardson, from the Isle of Wight, has been given an OBE for services to the Palliative Care charity for services to help others end their lives.

Steven Dexterm from Romsey, has been recognised with an MBE for his work improving water safety in the Maritime Coastguard Agency.

Margaret Marten has been given an MBE after the amount of dedication she has given to assisting Winchester prison visitor's cafe.

Sue Kirkham, from Lymington, has been awarded an MBE for services to education.

Amanda Tincknell, from Romsey-based charity Cranfield Trust, has been awarded a CBE for her contribution to charity services.

Peter Camp, from Gosport, was awarded a BEM for his services to the community in Alverstoke.

David Stone, from Romsey, was given a BEM for his services to horticultural heritage.

Valerie and Michael Andrews, from Hampshire County Council, are being given MBEs for their work fostering children.


Oxfordshire parish councillor, 88, awarded MBE

For over 53 years, Kenneth Norman Batley, 88, has been recognised for serving his community in the village of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.

He has been a member of Chalgrove Parish Council since 1957. He was Chair from 1985 to 1991 and since 1991 he has been Vice-Chair.

As Chair he was instrumental in the building of the new village hall, housing the playgroup and the Age Concern club.

He was awarded the MBE by the Queen for services to the community in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.

Since 1989 he has been a member and Chair of the Chalgrove Amateur Dramatic Society.

As a dedicated committee member and chair he has provided leadership and guidance. For a number of years he has been a trustee of Chalgrove Scouts and Age Concern.


Christmas decorations being installed at Windsor Castle

We've been at Windsor Castle today looking at how the staff are preparing for Christmas. Watch ITV News Meridian over the coming days to find out more!

Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian
Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian
Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian

River pageant to mark Magna Carta's 800th anniversary

A river pageant on the River Thames has been announced as part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta next year.

Plans for the spectacular event include a flotilla of boats to sail from Bisham Abbey to Wraysbury in Berkshire.

It will be co-organised by the group responsible for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.

One of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee ships on the River Thames in 2012. Credit: ITVMeridian

The charter was sealed on the bank of the River Thames near Windsor in 1215.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said: "The world's eyes will be on us in June next year."

Duke of Gloucester to visit Primary School in Bracknell

Pupils and teachers at Crown Wood Primary School are preparing for a special visit from The Duke of Gloucester next week.

His Royal Highness, who is the grandson of George V and a first cousin of The Queen, will be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school on Tuesday November 18.

The Duke will be shown the new facilities, which include four classrooms, an extended dining room and much improved teaching accommodation and play areas.

The Dukewill be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school. Credit: PA

Janette Karklins, Director for Children, Young People and Learning, said:

Following extensive improvement works as part of the council’s Education Capital Programme, we are delighted to be welcoming The Duke of Gloucester to Crown Wood Primary School.

The improved facilities have already proved a hit with pupils at the school and they can’t wait to have a VIP in the building.

– Janette Karklins
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