Queen's honour for services to rugby and community

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 January 2015

Mike Williamson awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours List.

Mike Williamson awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours List.

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A PARISH council chairman and school governor was named on the Queen's New Year Honours List.

Mike Williamson, aged 72 and from Winscombe, was given a British Empire Medal for his services to Winscombe Rugby Club and contributions to the community.

Mr Williamson has worked for the club’s junior section for eight years, and in that time has seen the membership rise from 180 to 360.

He has also been a Churchill Academy governor for 20 years and served on Winscombe Parish Council for eight, acting as chairman of both.

Mr Williamson said he felt ‘total amazement’ when he opened the letter from the Cabinet Office.

He said: “I was sworn to secrecy until the end of the year, so my wife knew but I didn’t tell my grandchildren until Christmas Day. I feel very flattered.

“I have always been a life-long lover of rugby but I got involved with Winscombe when my grandson was six years old.

“I took him up there to get him involved, and after around 12 months I was approached and asked to join the committee.”

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