British Empire Medals presented to villagers for their outstanding contributions to the community

Peter Meads and Helen Nellis.

Peter Meads and Helen Nellis.

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The British Empire Medal has been awarded to two Bedfordshire residents in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their community.

Peter Meads and Susan Young, both from Pulloxhill, received the honour from Bedfordshire Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis at a ceremony to present awards to those in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Mr Meads has been the licensee of The Cross Keys in the village since 1970 and has supported the local clubs and charities by hosting events which have raised thousands of pounds.

He has also run a project to supply artificial limbs abroad to help people injured by landmines.

Mrs Young has served the village, first as a dinner lady and lower school clerk, then as a parish councillor and council chairman, for more than 30 years.

She has a reputation as a “hands on” volunteer and has been known to clear blocked road drains and clear weeds.

She is also involved with many organisations including the Parish Paths Partnership, The Greensand Trust Volunteers, as well as organising the bi-annual Pulloxhill Garden Open Days and raising significant amounts for local charities and the church.

Other projects she supports include the Church Hall Committee, Pulloxhill Players, the Charles Harry Gardner Trust, and the Flittabus Community Transport.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, said “It was my great privilege to present these two British Empire Medals.

“Peter and Sue were awarded these for exceptional voluntary and charitable work.”

She added: “The award of a British Empire Medal is recognition by the Crown of a very special contribution by the recipient to the community life in this country.

“Pulloxhill is a fine example of one of our vibrant and supportive communities, thanks to local people undertaking voluntary and charitable duties, and making special contributions to life in our county.”

The British Empire Medal was reintroduced in 2012, to commemorate “a sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration”, which could be three-to-four years.