Queen's Birthday Honours: Bedfordshire

Bedford & District Handicapped Riders Association Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman who has devoted her life to helping children with disabilities enjoy horse riding has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

After Jean Bedford, from Willington, in Bedfordshire, was seriously injured in a road accident 60 years ago she was helped by keen rider Miriam Godber, who encouraged her to ride in order to strengthen her muscles.

Jean is now a trustee of the Bedford & District Handicapped Riders Association which helps people with disabilities learn to ride.

Below is a full list of the honours for Bedfordshire.


Fintan DONOHUE Chief Executive Officer, Gazelle Group. For services to Further Education. (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire)

Mrs Carolyn Ann TAYLOR Lately Head of Benefit Centres, Benefit Centre Directorate, Jobcentre Plus. For services to Benefits Delivery and charitable services. (Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire)


Mrs Jean Mary BEDFORD. Volunteer, Bedford and DistrictHandicapped Riders Association. For services to People with Disabilities in Bedford. (Willington, Bedfordshire)

Miss Ruth Margaret BELL, JP Senior Executive Officer,Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence. (Bedfordshire)

Dr Wendy Cunningham MOMEN, JP For services to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and to the community in Bedfordshire. (Northill, Bedfordshire)