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Delia Smith tops Queen’s Birthday Honours List which details other hard-working people in our region

PUBLISHED: 11:43 17 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 18 June 2017

Delia Smith. Photo: Alban Donohoe

Delia Smith. Photo: Alban Donohoe

Alban Donohoe

Cookery queen Delia Smith has taught generations of people how to make their way around the kitchen.

Friends of Thetford Forest chairman Anne Mason. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN Friends of Thetford Forest chairman Anne Mason. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

But now, the author and chef is set to be recognised for the third time, as she was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Norwich City Football Club joint majority shareholder Mrs Smith was already an OBE when she was made a CBE in 2009.

And she will have another honour to add to the list when she is given an Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to cookery.

Mrs Smith, 75, who lives in Stowmarket, Suffolk with husband Michael Wynn-Jones said: “From day one I received so much encouragement and enthusiasm from the people who responded to what I was trying to do.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust CEO Brendan Joyce at Hickling Broad.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher Norfolk Wildlife Trust CEO Brendan Joyce at Hickling Broad. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

“This honour is an even deeper affirmation.

“I feel proud to have received it but also humble as I am quite certain it belongs to all of them as well as me’.

Through her recipes and television programmes, Mrs Smith became a culinary institution who has captured the nation’s hearts for more than 45 years.

She became a cookery writer for the Daily Mirror in 1969, and in 1971 she released her first book, How to Cheat at Cooking. Two years later she started her career in television with a BBC series called Family Fare.

Dr Carl O'Brien has been made a CommanCommander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Management of Internationally-shared Fisheries. Picture: Cefas Dr Carl O'Brien has been made a CommanCommander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Management of Internationally-shared Fisheries. Picture: Cefas

Throughout her career she released many books and starred in various television shows, but locally she is known for her involvement with Norwich City.

In 2005, during half time at a home match against Machester City, Mrs Smith grabbed the microphone from the club announcer on the pitch and infamously said: “A message for the best football supporters in the world: we need a 12th man here. Where are you? Where are you? Let’s be ‘avin’ you! Come on!”

Mrs Smith has been an NCFC supporter since 1969 and along with her husband became director of the club in 1996.

In 1999 she established Delia’s Canary Catering, with restaurants, bars, lounges and conference rooms serving all year round.

Feature on flint knapper John Lord from Gooderstone. Picture: Matthew Usher. Feature on flint knapper John Lord from Gooderstone. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Mrs Smith received an OBE in the Queen’s 1995 New Year’s Honours List and in November 2009 received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

She also holds an honorary degree from the University of East Anglia.

Anne Mason

Robin Rush, of Aylsham, who has been made an MBE in recognition of his charity work. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Robin Rush, of Aylsham, who has been made an MBE in recognition of his charity work. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Anne Mason has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) volunteer group and Heritage in Suffolk.

Ms Mason, who has been chairman of FoTF for 12 years, said she is “absolutely amazed” at being given the honour.

The freelance heritage consultant, who lives in Castle Acre, was instrumental in raising £130,000 for conservation works to conserve Mildenhall Warren Lodge.

John Houlgate of Southrepps, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his conservation work at Southrepps Commons. Photo: KAREN BETHELL John Houlgate of Southrepps, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his conservation work at Southrepps Commons. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

She said: “It is absolutely amazing and quite emotional and moving that people feel I am worthy of this award. I am deeply appreciative to be a recipient.”

Ms Mason joined FoTF, which aims to promote understanding and enjoyment of the forest, when it was set up in 1995.

She added she is “enormously grateful” for the support from volunteers, the Forestry Commission and Norfolk and Suffolk Heritage Environmental Service.

Brendan Joyce

Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive, Brendan Joyce, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to nature conservation. The award was made in recognition of his commitment to protecting Norfolk’s wildlife over a career of 30 years in conservation. He has led the Trust for 22 years. Commenting on the OBE, Mr Joyce said it was an incredible honour. “In recognising my work for Norfolk’s wildlife, it also highlights the work of all those around me at the Trust, both staff and volunteers. It also reflects a willingness amongst people in Norfolk to believe in the rights and value of our natural world and I am privileged to champion conservation on their behalf.” His vision for Norfolk is to see the future of wildlife protected and enhanced through “sympathetic management” and for people to be connected and inspired by wildlife and wild spaces.

Carl O’Brien

A leading science advisor to government ministers has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Management of Internationally-shared Fisheries.

Dr Carl O’Brien, of Mutford near Lowestoft, said he was “absolutely delighted” with the honour.

The Defra Chief Fisheries Science Adviser & UK Delegate to ICES Cefas, who is based at the Lowestoft laboratory, said:“I never dreamt of ever receiving this award of a CBE, and am both extremely surprised and absolutely delighted.”

Dr O’Brien joined Cefas in Lowestoft in 1995. He applies his modelling and data analytic skills to problems of fish stock assessment, management and advice.

In his role he also provides scientific advice on fisheries science in support of government policy objectives.

The applied statistician, who is also Chairman of Mutford Parish Council , added: “This award owes as much to the strong team around me in Cefas and Defra as it does to my own endeavours.”

John Lord

John William Lord has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to flint knapping.

Mr Lord, who has been involved in the ancient craft for over 40 years said he and his family were all “stunned” at the announcement.

He said: “I didn’t expect anything, there’s no real recognition for the trade, so I feel I’m accepting it on behalf of the whole trade past and present.”

Flint knapping is the prehistoric skill of shaping stone by reducing the volume of the stone for use as tools, striking stones or for architectural and construction uses.

Mr Lord and his wife Val took over the custody of Grimes Graves, in Norfolk in 1975, during the following 13 years the couple mastered the art of flint knapping, sharing the skill with others as they learnt.

In 1987 Mr Lord left Grimes Graves in order to work as a professional flint knapper providing flint for the construction industry.

Robin Rush

Aylsham grandfather-of-seven Robin Rush has been made an MBE in recognition of more than forty years of cycling, swimming and running for charity.

Mr Rush, who celebrates his 76th birthday next month, has raised more than £150,000 for good causes, ranging from Buxton and Lamas Sea Scouts, to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), by competing in cycling and running events all over the UK and Europe.

As well as running ten marathons, he has taken part in Cromer’s Boxing Day swim for 20 years and completed cycling challenges including riding 1,000 miles from Switzerland to Budapest. He last year gained the accolade of being the oldest of 20 riders to complete the 1,000 -mile journey from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Mr Rush, who still runs the family poultry farming equipment company, said: “I felt a bit overwhelmed and I had a tear in my eye when I found out about the MBE, it is my proudest moment.”

John Houlgate

Retired London police inspector John Houlgate, of Southrepps, has been awarded a BEM for his conservation efforts, which have seen the overgrown and neglected village commons turned into a well-used, accessible community resource.

After moving to Southrepps nearly 20 years ago, Mr Houlgate immediately threw himself into village life, joining the Southrepps Commons Management Committee as secretary, before helping form the Southrepps Commons Trust.

Through his leadership and commitment, the group has gone from strength to strength, transforming the 25-acre SSSI, installing a 600m boardwalk and forging links with the local primary school.

Mr Houlgate, who praised his army of nearly 50 volunteers for their support, said: “I feel extremely flattered, but I am also genuinely embarrassed as there are so many other people who work selflessly for the village.”

Amanda Piper

Amanda Piper from Barnby, near Beccles, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her work fostering severely disabled children from the Norfolk and Suffolk area over 20 years.

The 55-year-old is a foster carer for Suffolk County Council.

She has fostered children with a range of complex needs that inexperienced carers would be unable to care for, and over the years she has adopted six of the children she has looked after.

She is known for her selfless dedication, positive attitude and patient approach, which enables the children to develop to the fullest capabilities that their disabilities allow.

She taught sign language to a young boy who had severe difficulties speaking and eating when he was first placed into her care, has ensured the children benefit from holidays despite their complex medical needs and adapted her home to make it accessible.

Others on the honours list in our region include:

Royal Victorian Order

MVO

• Ann Butcher - land agent’s secretary, Sandringham Estate

• Richard Codman, RVM - farm foreman, Sandringham Estate

Royal Victorian Medal

RVM

• Jacqueline Birkhead - senior stud Hand Royal Studs, Sandringham

Order of the British Empire

CBE

• Dr Carl O’Brien - chief fisheries science adviser at Cefas, for services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries

OBE

• Neil Baker - formerly consultant podiatrist at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, for services to podiatry and diabetes

• Valerie Moore - chief executive officer at Rightforsuccess Academy Trust, and executive head, Eaton Hall Specialist Academy, for services to education

• Inga Grimsey - for services to heritage and the community

MBE

• Lynda Chamberlain - security manager at Anglian Water, for services to water supply resilience

• Professor Claire Domoney - head of department of metabolic biologyat the John Innes Centre, for services to crop science and improvement of the pea crop in the UK

British Empire Medal

BEM

• Julie Alford - for services to young people in Holt.

• Melanie Bruce - clinical psychologist Starfish Plus, for services to children and families in Norfolk

• Richard Copas - for services to young people in Holt

• Anthony Nelson - for services to the community in Sheringham

Queen Fire Service Medal

QFSM

• Brian Hawes - watch commander at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

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