New Year Honours List: Inspirational, selfless faces of Dorset
A leading organiser of Dorset's contribution to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, an inspirational teacher, a renowned artist and dedicated foster-carers are among the dozens of West Country people receiving New Year Honours.
Simon Williams, head of 2012 Operations for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is appointed an MBE for services to the Games. The resorts played host to the sailing events, and Mr Williams and his team rose to the challenge of ensuring Dorset was ready for the international spotlight.
At a time when more foster-carers are needed nationwide, one Dorset couple who have helped to transform the lives of almost 100 children become MBEs.
Philip and Wendy Hopkins of Sherborne, who have four children of their own are still fostering at the ages of 67 and 73. Mrs Hopkins said yesterday: “Fostering keeps you fit, you haven’t got time to feel old. It’s something I always wanted to do. We’ve had children staying short and long-term. It’s very rewarding I would really recommend it.”
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John Henry Batchelor, the Wimborne-based illustrator, whose work has thrilled generations of aviation enthusiasts, receives an MBE for services to illustration. He worked for the technical publications departments of Bristol Aircraft Co, Martin-Baker Aircraft Co and Saunders-Roe Ltd before going freelance.
His work has appeared in technical magazines as well as The Eagle comic and beginning in the 1980s he has produced artwork for postage stamps for many countries.
Annette Brooke, MP for North Poole and Mid Dorset has been awarded an OBE.
Curator at Dorset County Museum Gwen yarker has alos been awarded, along with Bournemouth's Prof Sarah Cowley, who has been made a dame.