Revealed: Find out who from our region has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Charity fundraiser David Foulkes, 74 of Hunstanton. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Charity fundraiser David Foulkes, 74 of Hunstanton. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Community stalwarts across the region are among those honoured for their contributions to society.

• DAVID FOULKES

A dedicated fundraiser who has raised thousands of pounds for charities with table-top sales, sponsored walks and fundraising stunts has been awarded the British Empire Medal. David Foulkes is hosting a sponsored walk around Hunstanton for the west Norfolk-based military charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.


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The 74-year-old says he has raised just over £27,000 for the Royal British Legion alone – and has lost track of the amounts he has collected in aid of other causes. The sum is considered to be in the tens of thousands of pounds. He said: 'Hearing this news makes me feel on top of the world; thank you to whoever helped make this happen and to everyone who has donated towards my charity events over the years.'

Mr Foulkes, of Park Road, Hunstanton, organised his first charity stunt in 1964 by dressing up as a policewoman for a bed push around the town for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Since then, he has organised hundreds of events.

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He says one of his most memorable events was a sponsored cycle ride to the House of Commons where he met North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham.

'I fundraise simply because I want to help people; and I've had a great time along the way,' he added.

• HUGH STURZAKER

Retired consultant surgeon Hugh Sturzaker described being made an MBE as an honour for Yarmouth as much as for himself.

Mr Sturzaker, who is lead governor at the James Paget NHS Foundation Trust, was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to health and community in Great Yarmouth.

He described his honour as a total surprise and was quick to deflect any glory to those who had helped him over the years both as a distinguished surgeon and in the charity and arts field.

He said: 'I feel very honoured, but when I look around the town I see so many other people who really deserve it more. Most things you do as part of a team. In hospitals you depend on nurses, theatre staff, porters, secretaries – you cannot really do things without them.

'It is the same with charities: you depend on volunteers and so many people.

'The honour is for Yarmouth, really. The perception of Yarmouth is really not good and we have to improve it because there is so much here.'

Mr Sturzaker worked at the JPH for 26 years, carrying out 39,000 operations, launching numerous appeals and being credited with a number of 'firsts', bringing new equipment and clinics to the borough.

Since 1996, Mr Sturzaker, 75, has worked tirelessly for the Great Yarmouth Minster, the largest parish church in England. He is vice-chairman of the Preservation Trust where he has helped to raise over £500,000 to maintain the fabric of the building.

In 2012, he launched an ambitious arts festival and has just brought down the curtain on the fourth successful effort helping to put Yarmouth on the map and to champion its heritage assets.

In 2009, he became concerned at the level of binge drinking in Great Yarmouth and set about publicising the dangers to both young and old.

He is also a leading light in the Louise Hamilton Centre.

• HEATHER WRIGHT

The Rev Heather Wright has been supporting the deaf-blind community for almost four decades.

She has received the British Empire Medal for services to the community, in particular deaf-blind people, news which she said came as 'a wonderful surprise and honour'.

Mrs Wright, 68, of Moore Avenue in Sprowston, was ordained as a non-stipendary curate, before becoming priest, at St Thomas Heigham church 20 years ago.

Today, she continues to volunteer in the county with the Peterborough-based Deafblind UK.

• MALCOLM FISHER

Retired company secretary of the Norfolk Churches Trust Malcolm Fisher said he cannot really express how he is feeling after he was made an MBE. The 76-year-old, who lives in Laxfield, near Eye, has been recognised for his services to the heritage of Norfolk's churches. The former Barclays Bank worker joined the Norfolk Churches Trust – which helps to protect churches through financial aid and advice – in 1995. 'Being involved with the Norfolk Churches Trust was quietly rewarding. I am thankful for what has been achieved but there is still so much more to be done.'

• IAN COLMAN

Scout and brass band guru Ian Colman said he was 'shocked' to find out he has been made an MBE.

Father-of-three Mr Colman, of Ringland, has spent 40 years with Taverham Scout Group and Taverham Brass Band and is currently chairman of Ringland Parish Council.

He has been awarded the medal for services to the community in Norwich.

Mr Colman, 51, has held leadership roles with the scout group since he was 18 and has been chairman for the last 10 years.

He has also conducted the brass band for 25 years.

• CAROLINE DEAN

A ground-breaking Norwich biologist has been made a Dame of the British Empire for her work on plant genetics and for her commitment to advancing careers for women in science.

Caroline Dean of the John Innes Centre is internationally recognised for her research relating to the flowering times of plants. She has also worked with schools to help young women develop scientific careers.

She said: 'I am honoured to have been made a Dame and I hope this recognition helps to inspire girls and female scientists to follow their curiosity and do what inspires them the most.'

• CLARKE WILLIS

A leading figure in the region's farming industry has been made an MBE for services to agriculture and rural communities in East Anglia.

Clarke Willis is chief executive of Anglia Farmers (AF), the UK's largest agricultural purchasing group, based at Honingham Thorpe.

Last year, his work supporting business initiatives earned him a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS).

On his latest 'extremely unexpected' honour, he said: 'It reflects on the dedication of the staff, directors, members and supporters of Anglia Farmers over the past 14 years and for that I am very grateful. If it serves to further raise the positive profile of the food and farming industries then I would be very pleased.'

• JACQUIE HARVEY

An award-winning hand quilter who has exhibited her work around the world has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's 90th birthday honours list. Jacquie Harvey, who lives at West Beckham, near Holt, was given the award for services to hand quilting, design and the quilting industry. Mrs Harvey, who began taking quilting classes more than 20 years ago, has entered her work into many competitions.

Much of Mrs Harvey's work has been donated to charity, raising thousands of pounds for good causes. She is a member of Nelson Quilters which raises money for Norfolk based children's bereavement charity Nelson's Journey.

• GLENDA TOOKE

A woman known for her extensive fundraising and community work in the Great Yarmouth borough has said it was hard to keep her British Empire Medal a secret.

Glenda Tooke, 61, from Rollesby, has been a devoted fundraiser for more than 30 years.

She said: 'I told my daughter and local minister as I knew they would keep quiet but it was really hard not to tell anyone else.'

She is also known for her collection of 1,000 Christmas trees which she puts on display to raise money for charity.

• JEAN LINDSAY

Leading tourism figure Jean Lindsay said receiving a British Empire Medal hadn't really sunk in, and she initially thought the whole thing was a hoax.

Mrs Lindsay, 83, made her name running Clippesby Hall Holiday Camping with her late husband, Jock, from the late 1960s.

Along with this, Mrs Lindsay has dedicated more than 50 years to St Peter's Church. She was instrumental in a successful Big Lottery Fund bid for the church last year.

• CHARLES BEARDALL

Protecting East Anglia's residents from flooding and coastal erosion is among the toughest jobs in the region, according to newly-appointed OBE Dr Charles Beardall.

Dr Beardall, who has served as the Environment Agency's area manager for Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex in the last 10 years, was given the honour for services to flood protection and combating coastal erosion in East Anglia. Dr Beardall has worked 20 years for the Environment Agency, and lives in Orford, Suffolk.

• OTHER HONOURS AWARDED

CBE

John Raymond Barnett Crisford, Hunstanton, national chairman, the Royal British Legion. For voluntary service to ex-servicemen and women.

OBE

Bonamy Grimes, Diss, co-founder, Skyscanner. For services to technology and travel.

MBE

Angelina Carol Quamina, executive officer, Ministry of Defence. For services to US Air Force personnel and their families at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk.

British Empire Medal

Albert William Edward Garrett, fire safety officer, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire and Rescue and the community in Norwich.

Royal Victorian Order

Staff from the Sandringham Estate are among the recipients of the Royal Victorian Order which recognises exceptional personal service to the monarch.

Accountant Colin Garrard is awarded the Royal Victorian Order and receptionist Marian Plumley will receive the Royal Victorian Medal as part of the Queen's honours list.

Miguel Head, the Duke of Cambridge's private secretary, will also be made Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

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