Community heroes among honours list

Proud: Denise Hartley has been awarded an MBE
Proud: Denise Hartley has been awarded an MBE
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The great and good of Lancashire have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Among the award winners are a charity fundraiser, a magistrate, long-serving police officers and a family support worker.

Denise Hartley, chief executive officer for Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact), has been awarded an MBE for voluntary services to the community in Ingol.

She said: “I am absolutely blown away. I am really proud but I’m also extremely humbled that someone thought to put my name forward.

“I associate MBEs with famous people and people you see on TV. I’m just a normal person who goes to work in the community.

“I put my heart and soul into the community I live in and try to be the best I can to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Bill Honeywell, an estate agent from Clitheroe, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to charity and to the community.

The 61-year-old, who has beaten cancer twice, has raised over £31,000 for cancer charities by taking on mammoth cycle rides and fell walks. He also gives talks on cancer and his activities.

He said: “I was very surprised but very chuffed. I had a bit of a nod and a wink about it in November, but I’ve had to keep everything under wraps.”

Lancashire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable, Chris Weigh, is one of three local officers who have been recognised.

The 48-year-old the force in 1984, and is noted for leading the police response to the Burnley riots in March 2001.

He said: “I am delighted to receive this award. I’ve been very lucky to work with great people in a great organisation and I am very proud of this achievement.”

Det Sgt Neil Fowler, of Blackpool, also received the QPM, and Blackburn-based Sgt Pete Sculpher has been awarded an MBE for services to policing and the community.

Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

Chris said: “I have been fortunate to work with some fantastic people over my 35 years in the Fire and Rescue Service, and this honour recognises their efforts as much as my own.”

Carol Holden of Leyland, chief executive of the Northwest Automotive Alliance (NAA), has been awarded an OBE for services to the Automotive Industry in the North West. She said: “I am delighted to receive this award and regard it as a huge honour. My main focus over the last few years has been to help with the growth of the North West’s automotive industry, and it is gratifying this effort has been acknowledged.”

Dr Martin Adrian Myers, a Consultant Clinical Scientist of the Clinical Biochemistry Department at Royal Preston Hospital, has been awarded an MBE for services to Healthcare Science. Ursula Jane Barling Walton of Hoghton has been awarded an MBE for service to Magistracy and to Education in Chorley and Preston.

Moya Foster of Preston works as a senior service manager for Blackpool Council’s Families in Need. She has been awarded an MBE for services to children and families.

Stephen Bernard Darby of Lancaster, is a members representative for the charity Operation Florian. He has been awarded an MBE for services to International Aid.


Margaret Rigby, a member of the Chorley Trefoil Guild, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the Girl Guides in Lancashire.