MBE winners left 'stunned'

PUBLISHED: 14:50 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

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MEMBERS of the community were left thrilled after discovering they had received a historic high ranking award from the Queen.

Dr Jaswant Jutley-Plested

MEMBERS of the community were left thrilled after discovering they had received a historic high ranking award from the Queen.

Westonian David Ray and Burnham resident Dr Jaswant Jutley-Plested were bestowed with an MBE for their services to society.

Mr Ray, aged 62, received his award for his commitment and work to Rugby Union and to young people in Rugby, Warwickshire.

He spent 40 years in the Midlands coaching rugby and teaching economics and politics before moving back to Weston to retire in July 2009.

He was congratulated this week by his fellow Weston Rotarians and says he was stunned when he found out the news.

The Queens Road resident said: "I was amazed and humbled by the award and it was a complete surprise.

"I am still so delighted and stunned."

Mr Ray, an author of military history books, said he now plans to treat himself to a new suit before heading up to London to receive the award.

Also named in The New Year Honour's List for her work and services to children was Dr Jutley-Plested, known as Jas.

The mum-of-two manages the Sydenham Children's Centre in Bridgwater and has worked there for 12 years, firstly at the family centre and more recently as part of a larger children's centre.

Jas said: "This has come as a big surprise to me and I am absolutely thrilled at the news.

"I am very glad that the work we are doing to support children and families is being recognised.

"The local community, together with my excellent staff and volunteers, have helped to make our centre the success it is."

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