Trio honoured in New Year list

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 January 2012

Yeo Valley co-founder Mary Mead

Yeo Valley co-founder Mary Mead

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THREE people from the region have been recognised by the Queen in her New Year Honours List for their outstanding contributions to business, sport and policing.

Mary Mead, co-founder of dairy business Yeo Valley, said she was ‘stunned’ to find out that she had received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) award.

Mary and her late husband Roger moved to Holt Farm in Blagdon in October 1961, and set up a tea room selling home-made clotted creams and scones.

Using the left-over skimmed milk they made the first batches of Yeo Valley yoghurt, with the brand developing into one of the most well known dairy businesses in the country.

Mary said: “I was completely stunned when I heard the news, as it was totally unexpected. Along with my whole family, I am delighted to receive such as honour.

“After 50 years at Holt Farm and seeing the Yeo Valley business grow, sustainable British farming is something I remain passionate about.”

Mary, who was named the BBC Radio 4 farmer of the year in 2008, has two daughters, a son and nine grandchildren, and continues to run the Holt Farm Lakemead farm.

Giles Clarke, chairman of cricket’s governing body the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has been handed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) award for his services to the sport.

Mr Clarke, who lives in Wrington, has been the chairman of the body since 2007 having previously been chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club, a role which led to his involvement in the ECB.

Prior to his involvement in cricket he had been chairman of Majestic Wines, founder of Pet City and Safestore, and is chairman of several businesses nationwide.

Speaking of the award, he said: “I am delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious honour at the end of what has been a very memorable 12 months for all those concerned with English cricket.

“I was also very pleased to see that the contributions made by other areas of our game including disability cricket and umpiring were recognised in this year’s awards.”

Pamela Whitehead, of Burnham has been rewarded for more than 30 years of service to the police force with a Member of the British Empire (MBE) award.

She has been a front desk enquiries advisor at the town’s police station for 36 years, while she has been with Avon and Somerset Constabulary for the past 38 years.

Pamela, who has also given lengthy service to the town’s Royal British Legion, said: “It was fantastic news. I was very excited but really shocked by it. I just do my job and try to make sure that everyone gets a good service. I am thrilled and pleased and have received some wonderful good wishes from everyone but it will still take some time for the news to sink in.

Her commanding officer, Inspector Roger Tolley, said: “I am delighted for Pam. This recognition is certainly much deserved and justly awarded. She has served the constabulary loyally and efficiently for 38 years and her dedication in providing the quality of service we strive for is second to none.”

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