MBE for formermayor and Bearsted stalwart

A FORMERMaidstonemayor has been rewarded for his community work in the Queen's Birthday Ho- nours’ list. Bearsted parish councillor

Richard Ash (pictured) has been made anMBE for his services to the community. But it will be a bitter- sweet moment as he will be unable to share it with beloved wife Chris- tine,who died last year aged 73. However,CllrAsh’s sons Stephen

andIanweredelightedwiththeir fa- ther’s accolade. CllrAsh said: “It was a great sur-

prise, I have to say. I got a letter from the Cabinet Office and wondered what I’d done wrong but instead I got this wonderful news. Stephen got in very quick and asked if he could have itwhen I’mgone! “I’ve no idea why I was chosen

but it is a lovely thing to happen.” Bearsted Parish Council clerk

SarahLewis said: “Richardis apillar of the community awell-de- serving recipient.” Bearsted borough councillor Denis Spooner said: “He really is a

stalwart and doesn’t seek publicity for the work he does behind the scenes.” Former Maidstone Girls’ Gram-

mar School pupil Lizzy Yarnold (29), who won back-to-back gold medals at two winter Olympics in Sochi and PyeongChang for the skeleton, has been awardedanOBE. Lizzy, who grew up in West

Kingsdown, became anMBEfor her earlier achievements in 2014. Nur-Ur-RahmanKhandaker (61), fromAylesford, ismade anMBE, in

recognition of his services to cater- ing and the community. He owns the Gandhi Tandoori in

WestMalling and is recognised for his work in promoting good rela- tionswith theMuslimcommunity. Clare Horrocks, of Maidstone, for-

merly principal judge at theWar Pen- sionsandArmedForcesCompensation Chamber, receives anOBE for services to theArmed Forces and the adminis- trationof justice. Christine Vanessa Richards, of

Maidstone, head of radiotherapy serv- ices,Maidstone and TunbridgeWells NHS Trust, becomes anMBE for her services tocancerpatients. Kent Police’s deputy chief constable

Paul Brandon has been awarded the Queen’sPoliceMedal,which normally recognises gallantry or distin- guished service. Hewas formerly in charge of tactical

operations atKent Police and served at ColdharbourandatHQinMaidstone. Mr Brandon, who recently an-

nounced his retirement, is well thought of by police staff, fellowof- ficers and the Press.

News Summer songs

A SUMMER serenade concert is being staged by a popular Maid- stone singing group. Bearsted Choral Society holds

the event at St John’sCEP School at 7.30pmon July 14, directed byAn- drew Lowen. Tickets are £10 (free for students), call 01634 666730 or email Theywill be available on the door. Messy church

AMESSY church will be held at St Nicholas in Othamon July 9. Aimed at children and families

of all ages, it is held on the second Monday of eachmonth (exceptAu- gust) starting between 3.30-4pm. There will be creative activities,

songs and a prayer followed by a buffet tea. Call Lynn on 01622 861382 formore details.

Coffee to go

A DRIVE-THRU Costa is being built at the service station on the M20 at junction eight. An area of woodland is being

cleared for the coffee retailer’s premises and a slip road is being created near the Esso garage for its kiosk. It is expected to be finished later this year.

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