Queen's Birthday honours community trio

PUBLISHED: 10:11 20 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 20 June 2013

Ken Hindle has been a British Empire Medal.

Ken Hindle has been a British Empire Medal.

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THREE people from North Somerset and Somerset have been honoured in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

A Worle woman and a Burnham man have been recognised for their work in the community with British Empire Medals (BEMs), while a Cheddar sporting hero has received an MBE.

The trio are just a few of the people who have been recognised by royalty across the country as part of the annual honours.

*A Burnham man has been handed a BEM for running the town’s University Of The Third Age (U3A).

The group, based in Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road, aims to help educate the public, particularly those no longer full-time employed, and provide leisure facilities for those in the area.

Burnham U3A president Ken Hindle, aged 79, of St Johns Road, started the area’s group in 1992 and has seen it grow in popularity ever since.

He said: “I am very pleased and it’s a big surprise. It’s for my work for the U3A and the community centre. Initially we had 70 members and now we have almost 600. We have more than 40 activities, from the arts, languages, visitor activities. Last year we celebrated our 20th anniversary. We had a very busy year. We have had a major regeneration project which has improved the facilities.”

*A Worle woman has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for setting up a community pub.

Di Bradley, aged 34, turned The Nightjar into a community pub almost 10 years ago.

The venue has a library, a computer club, a lunch club for the elderly and undertakes a lot of charity work.

She has now been handed a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her hard work.

Di said: “It really is great. It is a bit unexpected but it’s great.

“I want to tell people but I don’t want to blow my own trumpet.

“I set it up because I just felt that that’s what it should be anyway. It’s in the middle of the housing estate. It always used to be a pub which was the centre of the community.”

To read about Cheddar’s sporting hero Trina Gulliver, click the link in the top right hand corner.

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