Awards presented at The House of Lords

National honour
for Bishop Monkto

AWARD WiNNERS pictured outside the Palace of Westminster after the ceremony in the House of Lords. In the wheelchair is the oldest recipient of a BCA medal, 105-year-old  Max Morris from Surrey, who received his award for raising £100,000 for charity by selling old golf balls!  Richard Field is seen on extreme left.

Bishop Monkton was honoured on Thursday when a  villager was awarded a British Citizen Award at The House of Lords.

Richard Field was awarded a BCAc for his part in making things happen for the betterment of our community.

His citation was specifically for his work in making the village website 'like a daily newspaper', for launching both the village's croquet and table tennis clubs to provide a healthy sporting activity mostly for older people in furtherance of government aims, and for creating  and co-ordinating Bishop Monkton Life Savers which continues to provide a team of first responders ready to respond to any heart attack alert from anyone in or near Bishop Monkton.

Richard was among 34 award winners  from all over the UK who received recognition for their services in eight separate categories - for services to the community, international achievement, industry, business, the arts, education, healthcare and volunteering and charitable giving.

Sarah, Duchess of York, patron of the British Citizen Awards, told the award winners: 'Each of you are deserving of the gratitude of all of us. Our communities, country, society as a whole would look very different without your input'.

She told the audience, which also included nominators and the award winners' close family: 'Please  join me in honouring these Great British Citizens and take the opportunity to listen to those around you who are here to receive this great honour'.

Dame Mary Perkins, BCA patron and co-founder of Specsavers, added her congratulations to the medal winners. She. told the audience: 'Those who have been nominated have come from over the UK and are truly 'unsung heroes'. All of you have, behind the scenes, impacted on the lives of those around you and deserve this public recognition'.

In his acceptance speech Richard Field described Bishop Monkton as 'an amazingly go-ahead, dynamic and caring community where things got done, not just talked about'. He added he had just played a small part in this process and there were others who should have been awarded honours long ago, and he was sure their turn
would come very soon.

Richard had been nominated for an award by Rory Richold, and supported by letters from a number of villagers. Rory accompanied him to the Palace of Westminster  where they sat in an inner sanctum of the House of Lords seated on chairs embossed with the House of Lords emblem and surrounded by priceless portraits of notable
Lords down the ages. The pictures included one of Queen Elizabeth 1 valued at £7 million and another, loaned by The Queen, was of Queen Anne on a visit to the House early in the 1700s. 

After the afternoon ceremony, there was a photo shoot of the winners on Castle Green opposite,  Then, joined by Pat Field and David Richold, they were taken on a lap of honour in branded open-top buses around central London, followed by an evening ceremony at Church House where TV personality Fiona Phillips interviewed each of the winners.

Richard being interviewed byTV presenter Fiona Phillips. He told her about the amazing things going on in Bishop Monkton, and the many wonderful people who make them happen.

The 34 winners came from England, Scotland and Wales, with three from Yorkshire - one from Leeds, one from Sheffield and one from Bishop Monkton! Their ages ranged from 14 to 105 and most had amazing stories to tell.

Press reports of this event will run in national, regional and local newspapers with around 500 reports expected to appear in the media during the next few days.


Last Word

Getting mixed up in the media melee outside the Palace of Westminster

After the presentation of BCA awards at The House of Lords on Thursday, all the winners, including Richard Field, gathered on College Green, opposite  the Palace of Westminster, for a photo shoot (a good place because you see Big Ben in the background).

Good spot, yes. Only this was the day when the result of the contest between Theresa May,  Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove had just been announced and the world media had also taken up position on the same College Green to beam the news and their pictures round Britain and around the world.

So it was all bit of a scramble with medal winners vieing with politicians and TV crews for the best position.

 'You always wondered if you might get asked for your view of the result of the PM contest instead of which BCA medal you'd won!', Richard said.

Anyway, in the end everyone got sorted our and hopefully both groups got the pictures they wanted!

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