Nottinghamshire Holocaust centre founder appointed CBE

Holocaust Centre in Laxton The Holocaust Centre was founded in 1995 by Dr Smith and his brother Stephen

The founder of a Holocaust centre in Nottinghamshire has been honoured in the New Year Honours list for his educational work.

Dr James Smith, who set up Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Laxton in 1995, has been appointed CBE.

Dr Smith, head of the Aegis Trust, set up the centre with his brother Stephen.

Two Conservative politicians, former Nottinghamshire council leader Kay Cutts and Rushcliffe councillor Neil Clarke, have been appointed MBEs.

Hospice volunteer

Mrs Cutts was leader during a period of cutbacks at Nottinghamshire County Council when 3,000 jobs were lost between 2010 and 2013. She froze council tax during her tenure.

She said being appointed MBE was "a complete shock and completely out of the blue".

"My first reaction was disbelief and I looked at the envelope and to make sure it had been sent to the right person and I hadn't opened up someone else's mail," she said.

Mr Clarke, who has been leader at Rushcliffe Borough Council since 2005, becomes an MBE for his services to local government.

Asha Khemka, principal and chief executive at West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield, has been made a dame for her services to further education.

Dame Asha was appointed OBE in 2008 and has run the college since 2006.

She was in charge of a £24m facelift at the college which included a new teaching block as well as a restaurant for trainee chefs, a creative arts centre and a sports hall.

A 77-year-old woman who has been a volunteer at the Hayward House hospice at the City Hospital in Nottingham for more than 18 years has also been honoured.

Marie Langdon, from Radcliffe-on-Trent, receives the British Empire Medal for her work at the hospice's day care unit.

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