Four people from Eastbourne and the surrounding area have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
They include Dick Holste, the chair of the Corporation at Sussex Downs College and Ann Ward, a family support worker in Eastbourne who both receive an MBE, and Philip Ayres, the chief executive of Cuckmere Community Buses and Anne Bickmore, the founder of the abc fund who are both awarded a British Empire Medal.
Mr Holste is well known in Eastbourne for his contribution to life at Sussex Downs College and he is also a governor at Bishop Bell and Eastbourne Academy.
In addition, he is the finance director at Willingdon Golf Club, chairman of Willingdon Cricket Club and a director at Sussex County Cricket.
He moved to Eastbourne in 1984 when he worked as a manager at Natwest branches in the town.
Mr Holste said he discovered five weeks ago his name had been put forward to the Palace for an honour.
“I am delighted,” he said. “It was a nice surprise but I wasn’t allowed to say anything to anybody.”
Ann Ward is to receive an MBE for her services to FSW Family Support Work Charity, for whom she was worked for over 30 years.
Ann, started with FSW in May 1979 34 years ago as an adoption worker, then a lone parent worker across East Sussex, visiting families at home, developing support groups, providing holiday breaks, organising Christmas parties for them.
She has worked with hundreds of families and thousands of children over the years assisting them and motivating families.
Working in East Sussex with families and across the county as deputy director Ann has supported FSW in all aspects and her promotional talks about FSW have enlightened communities to the discreet work of supporting families in Sussex.
“Ann puts energy into everything she does,” said Maggie Simons, director at FSW. “She takes a bit of sparkle into families lives when they are having a dark day, for many she has truly been the light at the end of the tunnel. This award could not be better deserved. FSW is celebrating for Ann, we are very proud of her.”
Philip Montague Ayres is the head of the Cuckmere Community Bus service whose volunteers provides a safe, reliable local bus, serving rural and urban communities in East Sussex not served by commercial bus companies taking people to their nearest towns for shopping, for appointments, or for pleasure.
Anne Bickmore is the founder of the abcfund, a registered children’s charity based in Sussex that raises money to fund trips and treats for disadvantaged children and their families.
The abcfund was set up in 1991 initially to enable children to support disadvantaged children. They did six sponsored swims between 1991 and 2004, raising nearly £13,000 for local disadvantaged children and in 2005 was given charity status.