Former councillor Roy Schofield granted the OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List
THE man behind the creation of the Caistor Arts And Heritage Centre is among those from our area to be honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Former town and West Lindsey district councillor Roy Schofield has been granted the OBE for services to the community in Caistor.
As reported, Mr Schofield, masterminded the project to convert the old Methodist chapel on Plough Hill into a library, cafe and exhibition space for the town.
The transformation, which was achieved with around £400,000 of Lottery funding, featured on BBC One show Village SOS, presented by property development guru Sarah Beeny.
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Meanwhile, Doreen White, social area supervisor at Franklin College in Grimsby, was granted the OBE for services to education.
Paying tribute to her contributions, college principal Trevor Wray, said: "I am delighted that the commitment and dedication that Doreen has shown in the past 21 years working for the college has been recognised.
"Doreen is a unique character who has a similarly unique role within Franklin. She's acted as a confidante and counsellor to some 15,000 students who have graduated from the college since it opened in 1990. I can't overstate how much Franklin College students and staff value Doreen – she's a fantastic character and does so much for young people."
Brian Hunter, from Claxby, was also granted the OBE for his services to policing.
Mr Hunter, 64, has served as a special constable in Market Rasen for 32 years, and this year won the town council's annual prize for community service.
He said: "I'm lost for words. I feel very honoured to be made the OBE. I enjoy giving my time to help others and my intention is to continue for as long as I can."
Other local people to be granted the OBE were Matthew Lugg, former head of service development for highways and planning at Lincolnshire County Council, now at Leicestershire County Council, for services to local government; and Digby Scott, publisher of the Market Rasen-based Pig World Magazine, for services to the pig industry.
Meanwhile, David Margarson, higher executive officer at the JobCentre Plus, has been honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to mental health in Lincolnshire.