Four local people have been recognised in the Queens New Years Honours List.
The list is part of the British honours system, with New Year’s Day marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and other official honours.
Sikh Council of Wales leader Gurmit Singh Randhawa has been awarded an MBE for Services to Community Cohesion in the Vale. Mr Randhawa is the chairman of the Gurdwara, a registered charity which was established in 1977 to promote the Sikh religion and has worked to improve relations between faiths and ethnic groups across the Vale of Glamorgan.
50 year old John Voss from Barry has received an MBE for services to rugby, as a result of his work promoting and training rugby referees across the Country. Mr Voss has also worked to develop the women’s game within the military and working with disabled youngsters.
Mr Voss has a promising career playing rugby in his hometown of Bath, before suffering an injury, breaking his neck in a judo accident that prevented him from playing to a high standard. Mr Voss continued to progress after recovering from his accident within rugby and the military, where he served for 30 years.
Gay Fifield has received a British Empire Medal for services to Older People in South Wales. Mrs Fifield co-ordinates the Barry Friends and Neighbours Group as part of Age Connect Activities, throughout the year she works to support lonely and vunerable people and senior citizens at the Age Connect Shop, organising outings, meetings and Annual Christmas dinners, which recently took place at BrynHill Golf Club in Barry.
Elsewehere Brian Timothy Excell from Ogmore by Sea has received a OBE. Mr Excell is President of Seashell Trust and Chair of Governors for Ysgol y Deri, Penarth. He receives his OBE for services to Special Needs Education in Wales and England.
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