West Country people receive Birthday Honours

A number of people throughout the West Country have been recognised for their good work in the Queen's Birthday Honours which were published last night.

New MBEs in the West

MRS CAROLE ANN ASHMORE 68 yrs old (ST GEORGE, BRISTOL) for services to charitable fundraising in Bristol

She has dedicated more than 40 years to raising thousands of pounds for a variety of charities in and around Bristol.including the Bristol Open Scanner Appeal.

MRS CATRINA ELIZABETH GULLIVER 43 yrs old (CHEDDAR, SOMERSET)

Female World Darts Champion. For services to Darts and to charitable fundraising.

DR ROBERT WILLIAM HEATH 67 yrs old (HENLEAZE, BRISTOL) For voluntary service to St John Ambulance in Bristol.

He joined St John Ambulance (SJA) as a doctor in 1979 and has given 34 years’ service including 26 in a medical role, mainly as County Medical Officer.

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Bath orchestra founder is honoured

The founder of the Bath All Comers Orchestra, Sheila Blunt, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours for services to Music & the community. She started the orchestra in 2002 and has had a profound effect on the lives of her local community.

Despite the orchestra growing in popularity and size - there are currently over 70 regular performers, spanning three generations - she has not deviated from her original objective to run an orchestra where the sole entry criteria are enthusiasm and dedication.

The orchestra performs three concerts a year, which are always well supported and raise funds for local charities.