Local New Years Honours Awards

Several Local people have been recognised in the New Years Honours list.

Anne Baker is the oldest person on the list at the age of 106. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to charity and her fundraising for the NSPCC.

Anne has been hosting garden parties in aid of the children’s charity for over a decade and has been fundraising on their behalf of for more than 50 years.

NSPCC Supporter Fundraising Manager for Wiltshire, Caroline Morgan said:

“Anne is a very special and inspiring lady and her popular annual birthday garden party is always guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

Anne and Dame Esther Rantzen at Anne’s annual garden party 2018

Also receiving MBE’s are Derek Howland for services to National Mapping, Prof Alan Maryon-Davis for his services to Public Health, David Waters for Services to Wildlife Conservation.

Anne Trevett of Safer and Supportive Salisbury as well as other many community initiatives is awarded the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for her help in supporting people in Salisbury during COVID-19.

Anne said of her award:

My main reaction is embarrassment because anything I have done is as part of a team – in Lower Bemerton with the wonderful Margaret Willmot and in Safer Salisbury with the whole team of people.  But I am thrilled that the community efforts that have been such a huge part of the national response to the pandemic have been recognised. And I also am pleased that as an older person I have been part of the solution not part of the problem.

Area Manager Andy Cole and Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell have both been recognised with a Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM).

Ben Ansell & Andy Cole of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Area Manager Andy Cole has been recognised for his outstanding leadership and efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout 2020, Andy has taken a lead in the Service’s response to the pandemic, ensuring the Service supported the needs of partners, including South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He also helped to ensure that the Service maintained its critical emergency response arrangements. During this period, Andy also played a key role when commanding the Wareham Forest major incident fire, which was one of the largest wildfires since the huge fires of 1976. The fire burned for over eight weeks and Andy worked with partners and fire services from across the UK to deal with the incident, all while ensuring the 250 firefighters on scene, from every station in Dorset and Wiltshire, remained safe from Coronavirus.

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell has been recognised for his distinguished service to and outstanding leadership in the fire and rescue sector. Ben was the fire strategic gold commander during the Salisbury and Amesbury Novichok incidents and led the Service response to these incidents. Ben undertakes national work in the fire sector, as a member of the Buildings Regulations Advisory Committee, advising the Secretary of State in England on making building regulations and setting standards for the design and construction of buildings. He is an advisor to the national fire and rescue employers, who determine the working arrangements for firefighters across the UK.  He is also the Service champion for the Fire Fighters Charity and Regional Coordinator for the South West.

Area Manager Andy Cole said:

“I am so pleased to have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen with a Queen’s Fire Service Medal. This year has been extremely difficult for so many people and organisations, and the fire service is no different. We have had to adapt and work in completely different ways to continue providing the public with the high standard of service they expect from us. This has involved innovative thinking from staff and managers, and I am proud to lead and be involved with this excellent work.”

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell said:

“I am honoured and delighted to have been recognised with a Queen’s Fire Service Medal. I am proud to lead Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. This honour is truly a testament to the professionalism and dedication of all staff from across the Service that enables us to achieve all that we do.  I would like to thank my colleagues, family and friends for their support during my career.”