Norfolk Christian trio honoured by the Queen
Actor Graham Cole, currently starring in the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Aladdin, was among several Christians with Norfolk connections honoured by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours list. Keith Morris reports.
Former The Bill
(pictured right), played PC Tony Stamp
in TV show for more than 20 years and is currently starring as Abanazar
. He has been made an OBE for services to the voluntary and charitable giving sector in the United Kingdom.
Graham is a member of the showbusiness charity The Grand Order of Water Rats
and was King Rat in 2009. He is President of the National Holiday Fund
, which takes sick and disabled children to Disney Florida
, has been patron to Childline
for over 18 years, and of the Orphans Gift Fund South East London Boroughs, Constables Branch Board, Metropolitan Police
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, churchwarden at St Mary’s Church
for 25 years, has been awarded a British Empire Medal
for services to the community in Whissonsett, near Fakenham
. Janet retired last year but she is still involved with the church as treasurer and parochial church council member.
She told the EDP: “There are many people in Whissonsett who work hard for the village and I didn’t think it was fair that I was singled out. I was persuaded to accept the award but only on the condition that it was on behalf of the many others who work hard for the village.”
has been made an MBE
in recognition of her work running the St Cuthbert’s Church
day centre for elderly people in Sprowston
for 23 years.
Margaret, aged 72, said she was accepting the honour on behalf of the other staff and volunteers who help to keep the St Cuthbert’s Church centre open three days a week for its 30 guests. “It has been really tough to keep the day centre open but somehow we’ve managed to do it,” said Mrs Wynn. “If you really want to keep something going – and I have wanted to keep this going for years – then you are not going to let it go.”