Receiving my OBE

It was humbling to have my family see me receive my OBE.

It was humbling to have my family see me receive my OBE.

On Friday, I had the great pleasure of meeting Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for the investiture of my OBE which I was awarded back in June for services to local government in Staffordshire. It was a wonderful day and I was proud to be one of many Staffordshire people recognised by Her Majesty. Receiving the award with my family present was an incredibly humbling experience and one I won’t forget.

When people step forward to help their fellow neighbours, or try and improve life for their community, there’s no thought or expectation of an honour like this. Many people give up their time and energy to help make Staffordshire a better place every day and again it’s those I’d like to congratulate and thank.

I also joined pupils, teachers and governors on Tuesday at the new £7m Ryecroft CE Middle School and Dove First CE (VC) School in Rocester for their official opening. Since the beginning of the school year, staff and pupils at both schools have settled well into their new building, and have been taking full advantage of the wonderful facilities on offer.

It’s quite a unique project with the new building allowing both schools to retain their individual identities but share expertise, costs and resources. And, when the time comes for pupils to move up from school to the other, they can do this seamlessly. A new pavement along Ashbourne Road, and a brand new Puffin Crossing and associated road markings, were also installed in time for the school start to help keep everyone safe.

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