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Queen's Birthday Honours in the Anglia region

More than a hundred people across the Anglia region have been honoured by the Queen. Photo: ITV Anglia

The Queen's birthday honours have brought recognition to the achievements of 130 people across the Anglia region. Some, like Dr Mary Archer, are well known figures. But there are many more who work behind the scenes for their local communities.

Lady then Doctor and now Dame Mary Archer's award in recognition for services to the NHS comes as her 10 years as chair of Addenbrooke's hospital's governing body draws to a close.

In that decade, she's overcome bladder cancer, and is credited as the driving force behind the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - one of the largest centres of health science and medical research in Europe.

Recognition too, for work in education - a CBE for deputy vice chancellor of Bedfordshire University, Ashraf Jawaid. And for services to tourism, the head of Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton in Norfolk, Brian Potter, is awarded the MBE.

Kit Martin from Norfolk has been made a CBE for services to conservation. Mr Martin is an architect who has specialised in restoring and saving country houses, some of them derelict, by converting them into flats. He work includes Gunton Hall in Norfolk, Hazells Hall in Bedfordshire and Dingley Hall in Northamptonshire.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor of Bedfordshire University Ashraf Jawaid has been awarded a CBE Credit: University of Bedfordshire

There are those less well known, but no less worthy. Like 74-year-old Fred Knight from Great Thaxted near Stansted in Essex. He's been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community - an honour that's been reintroduced after 20 years, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Mr Knight has been a member of the parish council of Thaxted since 1998 and has helped bring about numerous improvements, including a new pavilion on the recreation ground, the first phase of an affordable housing scheme and a second public car park in Park

Street. As president of Thaxted Youth Club, he was also instrumental in the

building of the club's new premises which were opened in April 2008.

Fred Knight is modest about his achievements - but for him and others like him, these awards means they won't go unnoticed.

A total of 1,201 people were recommended to the Queen for an award across the country, with 1,064 candidates selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level - while 72% of recipients are involved in charitable or voluntary work in their local community.

  • Penelope Cleobury, who has been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support for almost 30 years, is awarded an MBE. Mrs Cleobury (64) from Cambridge has raised over £250,000 and hugely enhanced the profile of MCS in Cambridge and the surrounding area. She is also Secretary of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
  • Petra Pipkin from Highwood near Chelmsford was awarded an MBE for services to the community. She has been the project co-ordinator and principal volunteer fundraiser for the creation of a new eco-community centre and village hall raising the £500,000 required for the project.
  • Sarah Wren from Hitchin has been involved in many local community charities for the past 10 years, including as a volunteer for Hertfordshire meals services to the elderly. She helped create Hertfordshire Community Meals (HCM) in 2007, a social enterprise delivering around 545,000 meals on wheels - once a day, seven days a week throughout the year. Sarah has been awarded an MBE.

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