Pembrokeshire people among those recognised by Queen's Birthday Honours
10:40pm Friday 13th June 2014 in News
A man who has helped promote Pembroke Dock’s rich military history and a Tenby artist who has been an integral part of Guiding for more than 70 years are among those to receive recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Former Western Telegraph news editor John Evans, 63, is to receive the British Empire Medal for services to the preservation of Pembroke Dock and its military past.
Also receiving the British Empire Medal is 88 year-old Doreen Ena Hammersley, for services to the community in Tenby.
Pembrokeshire singer, author and broadcaster, Cerys Matthews will receive a MBE for services to music.
Mr Evans is well known through his work with the Sunderland Trust in Pembroke Dock.
Mr Evans’ citation reads: “By voluntarily recording Pembrokeshire’s rich military and aviation heritage, he has made an unsurpassed contribution to the national and international historical record.
“Establishing Pembroke Dock as the focal point for the Flying Boat community, his books, events, and outstanding contribution to numerous historical societies and organisations has allowed him to bring the story of Pembroke Dock to life.
“He has ensured that the history and heritage of Pembroke Dock has remained both accessible and relevant. The past 30 years has seen Pembroke Dock enter a period of increasing social and economic downturn.
"His work in recording and displaying the rich history of the armed forces has not only attracted a vast array of visitors but equally raised the profile of the town worldwide. His activities have invoked the community spirit of Pembroke Dock grounding it in its sense of history ensuring an enduring sense of pride and citizenship amongst its members.”
Also receiving the British Empire Medal is 88 year-old Doreen Hammersley, for services to the community in Tenby.
Mrs Hammersley’s citation reads: “She is a well respected artist known for her portraits, landscapes and still life paintings. She is also an expert in lace making and embroidery.
“In 2000 she designed the Centenary Tapestry now hanging in the local Scout and Guide Hall. She has been a member of Soroptimist International Tenby and District for over 35 years raising charitable funds through the sale of her art work and handicrafts.
“She joined the Guides in the 1930s and in 2009, she was appointed Arts Advisor for Guiding in Wales. She encourages members of her art group to take holidays at Broneirion, the Welsh Guide Centre at Llandinam, Powys.
“The funds generated help to keep the centre open. She has been Chairperson and Vice-Chair of Tenby Art Club several times and has arranged many exhibitions within Tenby and the local county area, raising money for various local charities. She also visits local care homes to give painting classes to residents.”
In all, 65 people feature on the Wales list, with two receiving CBEs, eight awarded OBEs, 32 awarded MBEs and 22 receiving British Empire Medals.
Among the well-known names being honoured is the Head Coach to the Wales Rugby Union team, Warren Gatland, who is awarded an OBE for services to rugby.
Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP said: “I'm delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to everyone recognised in today's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
“Every year, hundreds of people who serve their communities and country – often without expectation of reward – are honoured in this way. They are selected for their dedication, commitment and tireless work in helping to improve the lives of others.
“It is always so uplifting to hear of the good work being done by those honoured, and to see the positive difference they make to our nation. I am proud to add my thanks and congratulations to them all."
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