Queen grants honours to community figures

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The governor of West Suffolk College, a councillor and a community ranger for the Forestry Commission are among those from this region to receive honours in the Queen’s birthday list.

Anton Vincent Woodward, of Bury St Edmunds, has been awarded an OBE for For services to stage automation.

Paul Stephen Farmer St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor and Bury St Edmunds resident will receive an MBE for services to the community in Suffolk.

He said: “I was amazed, very surprised and obviously pleased.”

Cllr Farmer served in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet during 2006 and 2007. However he said it was his work as a backbencher in more recent years that he felt had been the most important.

Governor of West Suffolk College, Alan Lawrence Gordon-Stables, will also receive an MBE for services to Further Education.

Community ranger with the Forestry Commission, David Clifford John Kingsnorth, of Weeting, will receive the British Empire Medal for services to forestry and voluntary service through Suffolk Special Constabulary.