New Year’s Honours for community figures

Barbara and Bert Bonsor at the Boston Standard Pride Awards ENGEMN00120130705142256
Barbara and Bert Bonsor at the Boston Standard Pride Awards ENGEMN00120130705142256

Community figures in and around Boston have once again been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Bert and Barbara Bonsor, of Wrangle, have been awarded British Empire Medals (BEMs) for services to young people in the Wrangle area.

Sue Kirk, named in this year's New Year's Honours.

Sue Kirk, named in this year's New Year's Honours.

Susan Kirk, of Boston, has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) as a former board member of Macmillan Cancer Support for services to supporting people with cancer.

Bert, 90, and Barbara, 85, have served on the committee of Wrangle Youth Club since its formation more than 65 years ago.

In announcing the honours, a spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: “They have been prolific fundraisers for the club, raising thousands of pounds over the years for equipment and maintenance of the hall in which they hold the youth club.

“Wrangle Youth Club is the only remaining club in the area surrounding Wrangle, mainly due to their exemplary commitment of and unstinting support.

“They have always shown interest in every event at the club, as well as every young person that attends them.

“If they sense that a young person is experiencing difficulties or problems, they always make that individual aware that they are there as someone to talk to, if ever they need it. They have always had the attitude of never letting any young person down and this is shown through their inspirational approach to youth work.”

Miss Kirk, 69, (inset) has been a trustee and director of Macmillan Cancer Support since 1999.

The Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Her trustee role is voluntary and unpaid; however her commitment to Macmillan’s work extends far beyond her trustee duties.

“She has been a member of its council (an advisory body of senior volunteers) since 1983 and still continues in that role. She has been heavily involved with its Boston and District Volunteer Fundraising Committee for a remarkable 39 years - eight years as secretary, 30 years as chairman and currently one year as vice president.

“During this time the Boston committee has raised an impressive £925,654.”

In 2013, the spokesman continues, Miss Kirk was appointed as area chairman for Lincolnshire.

“She was also organiser of the Skegness Seabank Marathon fundraising event for two years and co-organiser for a further 33 years. She has hosted coffee mornings - in relation to Macmillan’s flagship fundraising event The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for 39 years,” he added.

“She has been on the organising committee of the Macmillan Golf Competition for 27 years, the monthly Macmillan Ladies Luncheon Club for 13 years, and the Annual Carol Concert and Reception for 10 years.”

Other honours include a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for Anthony Worth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.