Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire Algernon Heber-Percy is knighted

Sir Algernon Heber-Percy
Image caption Sir Algernon Heber-Percy was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire in 1996

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire has been knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Sir Algernon Heber-Percy has become a member of the Royal Victorian Order, KCVO, which recognises distinguished personal service to the Royal Family.

He said it was a "great surprise" and he was thrilled to be honoured.

"It comes two days before my 70th birthday so what better present could I possibly want for? I feel very, very lucky," he said.

Sir Algernon, who was appointed as the county's Lord Lieutenant in 1996, is also president of the Severn Hospice.

John Home, 65, who converted Willowdene farm in Chorley, near Bridgnorth, into a rehabilitation centre for former criminals has become an MBE.

He said he was "very humbled" after being recognised for services to the rehabilitation of offenders.

He started the centre after giving up his life as a pig farmer in 1990.

The farm also helps men who have problems with alcohol or drug abuse.

Mr Home, 65, said: "We do woodwork training, forestry training, and we find lads are leaving us and going straight into employment.

"We like to think of ourselves as scaffolding, we help to build people up but it's not as important after people are fully standing."

'Very moved'

Hospital campaigner Peter Corfield has been appointed MBE for services to the community in Ludlow.

Image caption John Home gave up his life as a pig farmer in 1990 to set up Willowdene farm rehabilitation centre

He helped to set up the museum at RAF Cosford and founded the Ludlow Hospital League of Friends group, which help to raise more than £250,000 for new equipment for wards.

He also campaigned for a new £27m hospital for the town but the plans were shelved in September.

Mr Corfield said he was "very moved" by his award.

"I see it as recognition for the needs of Ludlow and its residents and if I can help make their lives a little bit better then great," he said.

The president of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Lady Veronica Cossons, is appointed MBE for services to wildlife conservation.

Her husband Sir Neil Cossons was appointed OBE in 1982 and knighted for services to museums and the heritage in 1994.

Other people from Shropshire to be honoured include:


  • Jacqueline Brookers, from Newport, for services to the Soroptimist International in Bilston, West Midlands.
  • Patricia McLaughlin, from Ellesmere, for services to tourism and to the community.
  • John Roberts, from Oswestry, for services to Athletics and the community.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

  • Janet Brandon, from Shrewsbury, for services to the community in Ratlinghope.
  • Patricia Harding, from Craven Arms, for services to the community in Clunton.

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