King’s honours: Five Bedfordians in birthday list

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King Charles III. Image: Frederic Legrand - COMEO/Shutterstock
King Charles III. Image: Frederic Legrand - COMEO/Shutterstock

His Majesty King Charles III has honoured five Bedfordians in his birthday honours list, including a politician, an archivist, educators and fundraisers.

Politician Richard Fuller leads the list locally. He has served as a Conservative MP in Bedford & Kempston and North East Bedfordshire and is now the candidate in the forthcoming general election for the newly formed North Bedfordshire constituency.

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He becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his political and public service.

Jeffrey James, CEO and keeper of the public record at The National Archives has also been handed a CBE for services to archives and the public record.

Richard Fuller speaking in Parliament
Richard Fuller speaking in Parliament

Others honoured are Bernadette Barnes for services to families and early years learning, Susan Pearson for services to charitable fundraising, and Ian Farthing for services to early years learning.

They all receive medals of the Order of the British Empire (BEM).

Ian Farthing said: “I am delighted to receive this award which is both unexpected and quite overwhelming.

“I recognise that this honour is a tribute to all of the volunteers at St Mark’s Church and especially to our preschool teachers who dedicate their lives to give children the very best start in life.”

Further afield across Bedfordshire, Bruno Reddy from Ampthill was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to education.

And two more were handed BEMs.

They are Janice Buckle from Biggleswade for services to Biggleswade Junior Badminton Club and David Porter from Dunstable for services to local government.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, said: “I would like to send my huge congratulations to all the honours recipients named in His Majesty’s Birthday Honours List – it once again recognises those that contribute so much both nationally and locally.

“It is lovely to see so many people being recognised within our county of Bedfordshire”.

The King’s Honours typically celebrate the contribution of well-known personalities, government employees and ordinary people who have served their community.

They are awarded by the King following recommendations by the prime minister or senior government ministers, but members of the public can also recommend people for an award. These nominations usually make up about a quarter of all recommendations.