New Year Honours for Wiltshire people

Diane Bell in her Nettleton shop Diane Bell has run the village store in Nettleton since the 1970s

A postmistress who set up shop in her three-bedroom house in Wiltshire in the 1970s has been recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours list.

Diane Bell, 63, was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the Nettleton community, where she has run the village store for almost 40 years.

Mrs Bell said she was "so amazed and gobsmacked" to be given the honour.

Other honours in the county went to a teacher, a philanthropist and the organiser of a local music festival.

Professor Van Gore, vice chancellor of Southampton Solent University, who lives in Salisbury, becomes a CBE for services to education.

Calne's Robin Clark, trustee of charity the Underwood Trust, has been appointed OBE, as has Nick Fogg, who set up the long-running Marlborough Jazz Festival.

Professor Nigel Brown, from Chapmanslade, one of the UK's leading microbiology academics, has been made an OBE in recognition of his work.

Lesley Frazer, from Chippenham, has been appointed MBE for her services to law and order and criminal justice.

Also made an MBE is Susan Eliot-Cohen, from Ramsbury, who has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.

Clare Clilverd, a community worker in Seagry, is among those awarded the British Empire Medal.

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