Essex: Dozens of people from Essex feature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

School Crossing Patrol Officer Janet Felton has been awarded a British Empire Medal in Queens Birth

School Crossing Patrol Officer Janet Felton has been awarded a British Empire Medal in Queens Birthday List Honours. - Credit: Archant

A scout leader, an inventor, a lollipop lady and a coastguard are among the dozens of people from Essex to feature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced today.

The roll-call of people set to visit Buckingham Palace this summer to pick up their awards shines a light on the good work that happens in communities across the county.

Captain Rod Shaw from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, who will get a MBE for services to maritime safety, summed up the feelings of many of the recipients when he said he felt “pleased, proud and privileged” after hearing the news.

A former harbour master at Harwich, Capt Shaw has been a coastguard volunteer for 30 years and advised the Royal Family ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the Thames in 2012.

Marks Tey-based entrepreneur Michael Pritchard, inventor of the Lifesaver ultra-filtration bottle, also receives an MBE for his work developing water hygiene products that so far have lifted more than two million people in developing countries out of water poverty.


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Mr Pritchard, whose aim is to bring safe drinking water to everyone around the world by 2030, said: “I hope this award will raise the profile of what we are trying to do and make people realise we have an opportunity to end water poverty for good.”

Other notable recipients include Janet Felton, a school crossing patrol officer at Old Heath Community Primary School in Colchester, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to road safety.

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Colour Sergeant Rustim Murphy, of Colchester-based 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, described as “one of the Army’s finest mortar experts”, picks up an MBE after tours in Afghanistan’s Helmand province and Sierra Leone.

Deputy county emergency planning officer at Essex County Fire and Rescue, Rosanna Briggs, said she was “absolutely amazed and delighted” with her MBE for services to civil protection.

West Mersea’s Angela Gamble, who has been voluntary scout leader and fundraiser in the community for more than 40 years, expressed surprise at the news she is to get a British Empire Medal.

The selfless 74-year-old said: “Living on an island, we are a close community and lots of people give up their time for good causes.

“Someone has obviously put my name forward but I don’t think I’m any more deserving than a lot of people. I’d like to think this honour is for everyone in the community.”

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