Cotswold residents in Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours

Two Cotswold residents have been given awards in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours.

Roger Sleeman has been given the British Empire Medal for services to the community in Somerford Keynes.

The former RAF pilot who moved to the village of Somerford Keynes in 1979 and was very quickly elected to the parish council in 1980.

He has served on the parish council for over 42 years, including two periods of service as chair, from 1982 to 1996, and from 2019 to 2020.

In the 1990s, he was involved in a series of water management and water-related environmental projects, including improvement of flood measures, and served as chair of the Gloucestershire Water Park Society until 2004.

He was a founding member of Somerford Keynes’ History Society and is also a member of the Cirencester Archaeological society, and the Probus Society.

Roger, 79, has dedicated a great deal of work and care to the maintenance and management of community resources within the village, in particular the church and village hall.

For the past 20 years, he has been one of a small group of volunteers who maintain the church grounds in the village. He also served as Chairman of the Village Hall committee.

Ginny Williams-Ellis has been made an MBE for services to education.

The 64-year-old from Blockley, near Moreton in Marsh, founded the charity Read Easy UK in 2011.

The charity enables volunteers to set up their own local groups for adults who cannot read or struggle to read.

There are now 54 groups across the country with more than 1,000 people having become proficient readers.

Having set up the Shannon Trust’s toe by toe reading scheme in a Dorchester prison, Ginny became aware that there was a lack of provision and support for people with no reading ability in the outside world.

She set up the first Read Easy group by training volunteers to go out and teach others on a free, confidential, one to one basis.

Others to have been given awards include Sue Doheny, regional chief nurse for NHS England and improvement in the South West.

She has been awarded the MBE for services to nursing.

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