North Devonians in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

An MBE and British Empire Medal awarded to those who have worked tirelessly for others.

THE annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list has brought rewards to two North Devonians for their hard work and dedication.

Barnstaple tutor Wendy Brooke has been awarded an MBE and Berrynarbor community stalwart Patricia Tucker a British Empire Medal (BEM).

A BEM has also gone to Dr Mrytle Turnstrom, a well known and leading authority on the history of Lundy Island.

Wendy Brooke, 42, has worked with Westward Pathfinder for five years and has helped countless numbers of adult learners and those with disadvantages or special needs.


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The charity has centres across the region that provide a variety of computer, literacy, numeracy and training courses, as well as projects and programmes, through its own centres and working with other agencies.

“It doesn’t only represent my hard work as all the staff go the extra mile. It reflects all the work we do as we do make a real difference,” said Wendy.

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A ‘profound impact’ on the community, a ‘pillar of strength’ and a willingness to go the extra mile were in Patricia Tucker’s nomination for a BEM.

She moved to Berrynarbor with her late husband Tom in 1984 and has served the community practically ever since, serving the Parish Church in a variety of roles, attending ‘almost every’ community event and fund raising.

Mrs Tucker thanked those who had nominated her and said the award had been totally unexpected.

“It’s an honour, but I am not the only one doing things in the village,” she said.

“I feel I am accepting on behalf of everyone, they all support each other here and there are other people who are deserving too. When you do things, you don’t expect any recognition, you do them because you see a need – everybody does it, not just me.”

The Birthday Honours recipients will be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace next year, while their awards will be presented to them at a local ceremony.

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