Council leader and community champions named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Margaret Kenworthy, manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre in Donington, who has been awarded a BEM.

Margaret Kenworthy, manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre in Donington, who has been awarded a BEM.

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The Leader of South Holland District Council, a Donington community worker and the manager of Moulton Windmill have all been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Coun Gary Porter (52) has been awarded a CBE for services to local government, while Margaret Kenworthy and Janet Prescott are to receive a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Donington and to conservation in Lincolnshire respectively.

Moulton Windmill manager Janet Prescott who has received a BEM.

Moulton Windmill manager Janet Prescott who has received a BEM.

Leader of the council since 2003, Coun Porter is also chairman of the Conservative Councillors’ Association and leader of the Local Government Association’s Conservative group.

He said: “The award has been given to me, but it’s also for the rest of the people who are here at the district council.

“I’m pleased because it’s an acknowledgement of the good work all the councillors in South Holland have done and since I became leader in 2003, I’ve been surrounded by good people who do good work.”

Mrs Kenworthy (66) runs the Ruby Hunt Centre in Donington which is used by a variety of community groups and she has been actively involved in the village since she moved to Lincolnshire in 1982.

She said: “I’m amzed and I knew absolutely nothing about it until I received a letter at the beginning of May from the Cabinet Office.

“Someone has obviously nominated me and i feel privileged to be named in the Birthday Honours List.”

Ms Prescott, who has been honoured in her married name of Bellamy, has been instrumental in turning Moulton Mill into one of South Holland’s leading visitor attractions.

She said: “It was a massive shock because when I think of the different projects I’m involved with, I’ve concluded that there are 30 other people who could have got the award.

“The fact that someone has gone to so much effort to nominate me is very humbling.”