Queen's Birthday Honours

A swimming instructor from Milton Keynes who's taught more than 13,000 children to swim has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Doreen Adcock has been awarded a British Empire Medal.  Her career of swimming instruction has spanned nearly four decades at pools across the Milton Keynes region.

Doreen previously won an Unsung Hero award at the 2009 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year ceremony (pictured right).

Ms Adcock, who is in her 70s, has been poolside since 1974 and has taught three and four generations of the same family to swim in some cases.

She has a Facebook page dedicated to her called Doreen Adcock taught me to swim.

One post left by Lisa Webster said: "Doreen taught my mum, me, my brother, sister and both my children... Absolute legend !!!!!''

She has been praised by families for her work in the community, not least because she has at times refused to take payment for lessons.

Other people to have been honoured include Northamptonshire Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson and Hertfordshire Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher, who both get the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

The former director of Milton Keynes' wartime codebreaking centre Bletchley Park, Simon Greenish, gets an MBE.

Following London 2012, the Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Dennis Hone, who lives at Clapham, Bedfordshire, gets a CBE.

Andrew Egerton-Smith, who founded the East Anglian Air Ambulance, is appointed OBE.


Below is the full list of honours for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire


Mrs Elizabeth Anne Finlay Gardiner. Parliamentary Counsel, Cabinet Office. For services to the preparation of legislation. (Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire)

Arthur Leonard Jack Bate. Disability Adviser, Hertfordshire Council. For services to People with Disabilities in Hertfordshire. (Stevenage, Hertfordshire)
Mrs Rachel Catherine Christie Below. Finance Business Change Lead, Home Office. For services to Government Financial Management. (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire)
Robin Ian Wilson Fell. Principal Doorkeeper, House of Commons. For services to Parliament. (New Barnet, Hertfordshire)
Alan Glennie. Deputy Departmental Records Officer, Cabinet Office. For services to the Cabinet Office and Public Records Management. (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)
Dorab Erach Mistry. Vice-Chair, Inter-Faith Network UK. For services to the Zoroastrian community and to Inter-Faith Relations in the UK. (Hertfordshire)
Professor Christopher Michael Wathes. Formerly chairman, Farm Animal Welfare Committee. For services to Animal Welfare. (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)

Bryn Aldridge. For services to the City of London Corporation and to Delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire)
Mrs Gillian Rosamond Balen. For services to Health and to the community in West Hertfordshire. (Radlett, Hertfordshire)
Mrs Susan Mary Edney. Foster Carer, Hertfordshire County Council. For services to Children and Families. (Stevenage, Hertfordshire)
Henry William Hadaway. Founder, Henry Hadaway Organisation. For services to the Creative Industries. (Broxbourne, Hertfordshire)
John Ford Steeps Northcott. Chief executive and Board Trustee, Northcott Foundation. For voluntary services to charitable giving in Hertfordshire and South London. (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)
Dr Mary Clemitson Pattinson Groves Rowe. For services to the community in St. Albans, Hertfordshire and to charity in Sierra Leone.
Christopher Gilbert Sneath. Chairman, Watersafe. For services to the Plumbing and Heating Industry. (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)
Peter Ernest Waghorn. Chair, Welwyn Wheelers Cycling Club. For services to Cycling and Sailing in the South East. (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)
Andrew Paul Wright. Higher Executive Officer, Ministry of Defence. For services to the Armed Forces. (Kings Langley, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Jennifer Butler. Formerly Teaching assistant, Richard Whittington Primary School, Bishops Stortford. For services to Education in Hertfordshire. (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire)
Mrs Angela Marilyn Cox. For voluntary service to people affected by Breast Cancer in Hertfordshire. (Watford, Hertfordshire)
Peter Edward Desborough. Finance Officer, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For services to Regional Economic Policy and to the community in Hertfordshire. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)
Miss Pamela Vera Eldridge. Independent Member on Fostering Panels, Hertfordshire Social Services. For services to Children and Families. (Hertfordshire)
John Robert Elliott. For services to Young People and to the community in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire. (Watford, Hertfordshire)
Miss Pamela Farley. Founder and Chair, St. Albans Woodland Trust Support Group. For services to the community in Hertfordshire. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)
Mrs Patricia Ann Hamilton. For services to the communities in Anstey, Meesden and Brent Pelham, Hertfordshire. (Buntingford, Hertfordshire)
Andrew Wright. School Police Officer and Project Leader, Nowt2do Scheme. For services to Children and Young People in Greater Manchester. (Kings Langley, Hertfordshire)

Roy Andrew Wilsher, OBE. Chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.


Mrs Charlotte Anne Triggs. Senior Policy Adviser, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order especially Prosecution of Rape Cases. (Weston Favell, Northamptonshire)

Robert Christopher Louden. Director general, Camping and Caravanning Club. For services to the Outdoor Leisure Industry. (Daventry, Northamptonshire)
Terence O'Connor. For voluntary service to the community in Northampton. (Northampton, Northamptonshire)
Dr Gordon Stanley Clifford Park Wills Prestoungrange. For services to the community in Prestonpans, East Lothian. (Milton Malsor, Northamptonshire)

Martyn Emberson. Chief Fire Officer, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.


Dennis Vincent Hone. Chief executive Officer, Olympic Delivery Authority. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Clapham, Bedfordshire)

Suraj Kumar Minocha. Crown Advocate, National Prosecution Team, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order particularly the Early Guilty Plea Scheme. (Ridgmont, Bedfordshire)

Mrs Janet Rose Graham. Hospital Volunteer, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Healthcare and Patients. (Luton, Bedfordshire)
Simon Greenish. Formerly director, Bletchley Park Trust. For services to English Heritage. (Felmersham, Bedfordshire)
Paul Alexander Hughes. Formerly Teacher, Queensbury Upper School, Bedfordshire. For services to Education. (Dunstable, Bedfordshire)
Zahur Ahmed Parkar. Founder, Network Staff Support Group, Home Office, London. For public service to Equality and Diversity. (Dunstable, Bedfordshire)

Mrs Rita Gillian Wilson-Apperson. For services to the community in Shortstown, Bedford. (Bedford, Bedfordshire)
Mrs Gloria Olga Crossley. For voluntary service to Conservation in Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire. (Near Sandy, Bedfordshire)

Mrs Katherine Frances Inge Govier. Assistant chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police.


Mrs Lesley Mary Clarke. Chair, Women in Local Government Association. For services to Local Government. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)
Alan William Mabbutt. Head of Local Government, Conservative Campaign Headquarters. For services to Local Government and Political Engagement. (Buckingham, Buckinghamshire)

Dr Beverly Neil John Daily. General Practitioner and chairman, Burnham Health Promotion Trust, Buckinghamshire. For services to Health and Wellbeing. (Burnham, Buckinghamshire)
Clive Francis Dickens. Senior Technical Engineer, Thames Water. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Iver, Buckinghamshire)
Ian James Kerr. Retired Police Officer. For services to Motorcycle Safety. (Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire)
Mrs Paula Margaret Suchy. For voluntary service to Visually Impaired People. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)
William Swann. Formerly director, Students, The Open University. For services to Higher Education. (Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire)
David Truesdale. Co-Founder, Leys Community Development Initiative, Oxford. For services to the community in Oxford. (Haddenham, Buckinghamshire)

Mrs Doreen Emily Adcock. For services to Swimming. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)
Lawrence Richard Chapman. Youth Club Leader. For services to Young People in Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)
Mrs Una Cleminson, TD. For voluntary service to the Royal British Legion in Buckinghamshire. (Melbourn, Cambridgeshire)
Mrs Vivienne Hammer. For voluntary service to the Bomber Command Association. (Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire)
Mrs Maureen Henrietta Pruskin. Voluntary Fundraiser, Milton Keynes Hospital. For charitable services to the community. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)
Mrs Hilary Kathleen Reid. For services to the community in Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire. (Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire)
Ms Christine Mary Wells. For services to Music and to the community in Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. (Hambleden, Buckinghamshire)

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