Three British Empire Medals (BEM) have been presented to three extremely worthy recipients in Worcestershire.
The trio were the first to get the award from the county’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Beatrice Grant who only stepped into the role in March.
Jim McBride, Patricia Court, Mark Glossop all received their medals at the Worcester Guildhall on Friday.
The medals are presented by the King’s representative in the county, after their national honours are confirmed in either the King’s Birthday or New Year’s Honours List.
Mrs Beatrice Grant, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, said: “It was a real honour for me to present these medals to three extremely worthy Worcestershire recipients. They all had impressive citations, listing years of selfless support for organisations and the local community. The ceremony provided me with a great opportunity to thank them for their dedicated support of others over many years and for the wonderful example they have been to others.”
Jim McBride has spent years supporting the Worcestershire business community as a Board member of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. In his roles as Chairman, President and Chair of the Area Council he has supported thousands of businesses to navigate a new world of commerce; supporting them to achieve growth, as well as helping them through challenging times.
Jim McBride said, “This medal reflects the hard work and professionalism of all at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. They are a great team, hardworking and lots of fun. It’s been a privilege.”
Patricia Court, who now lives in Worcester, received her BEM for services to the community in Staffordshire, where she spent 38 years as a Magistrate, sitting on over 10,000 cases. Following a move to Worcestershire a few years ago, she became a volunteer with the witness service at Worcester Crown Court, supporting and providing guidance to witnesses going through judicial process.
Mark Glossop received his BEM for services to the community in Worcester. He was instrumental in setting up and leading the Save Elgar’s village action group to protect the local area and worked with local volunteers to open a Community shop in Lower Broadhead. As well as this, since its inception in 1983, Mr Glossop has been managing the Cathedral Ferry, which carries tourists and walkers across the River Severn at weekends in the summer months. The ferry has raised more than £180,000 for the Cathedral and other local charities.
British Empire Medals are awarded for service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.
To find out more, please visit the Honours and Awards pages of the GOV.UK website.