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Solihull Mayor invites residents who received honours from the Queen to afternoon tea

Solihull Editorial 18th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL Mayor Mike Robinson has hosted afternoon tea for the borough residents who received honours from the Queen this summer.

In recognition of their achievements, the nine recipients and their guests met with the Mayor and Mayoress in the Mayor’s Parlour of Solihull Council’s Civic Suite.

Councillor Peter Hogarth was awarded an MBE for services to the Solihull and Birmingham communities, particularly for his dedication to the needs of elderly and vulnerable residents.

Rt Rev’d Dr David Carr received an OBE for his service to communities in the Solihull borough and for leading charity work supporting people in adverse circumstances worldwide.

Lionel King received a BEM for his services to the Chadwick End community, including contributions to housing and facilities in the local area.

Rev`d Neil Roberts received a BEM for services to the community in the Chelmsley Wood area.

He has led the development of his own church community centre which has had a major impact on local people, as well as being the voice of the community.

Betty Trow was awarded a BEM for services to gymnastics for her longstanding commitment to Solihull Gymnastics Club.

Mrs Trow was previously Chairman, and continues to support gymnastics as the secretary and treasurer of the club.

Andy Cole received an MBE for contributions to the retail business sector and charity work in Solihull.

As General Manager of Touchwood Shopping Centre, Mr Cole has played a key role in its success and has set up an emergency blood bike service – Touchwood Emergency Riders Service.

Bernadette Dornan received an MBE for services to children and families following her work as an Independent Reviewing Officer for Birmingham City Council.

Ruby Turner was awarded an MBE for her services to music. Her musical career includes many achievements with soul, R&B and gospel music including performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.

Rosie Weaver received a BEM for services to the local community in Meriden. Her devotion to residents’ wellbeing has seen her set up sports and housing initiatives in the local area.

After the event, the Mayor said: “It’s been wonderful to have met such delightful people who in their own respective fields have given so much to society. Having shared an afternoon with them I can quite understand why they were chosen as worthy candidates for these awards.”