Worle man handed MBE by Princess Anne

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 October 2011

John Jackson with friends and family, holding his MBE outside Windsor Castle

John Jackson with friends and family, holding his MBE outside Windsor Castle

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A MAN from Worle received an MBE for services to the community earlier this month.

Princess Anne presented John Jackson, from Priston Close, with his medal at Windsor Castle earlier this month.

He received the honour for his role in helping to set up a homeless day centre in Weston.

He also helped Somerset to be selected as the ‘first English county’ and established links between Locking Castle Church and a church in Zambia.

Mr Jackson was secretary of the board set up to develop the homeless centre, which first opened 15 years ago.

Now located in St John’s Hall, Boulevard, the centre is a one-stop help centre for homeless people which he says has helped hundreds of people over the years.

He said: “It was an incredible honour to receive the award.

“Naturally I had hoped to meet the Queen, but it was a bit easier to talk to Princess Anne.

“She asked me what I though of the Grand Pier, but she wouldn’t let on what she thought.”

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