Dedicated community worker in New Year’s Honours List

HONOUR: Marlene Chambers, who has been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, handing over a petition against a plan to build houses on land on Ravensthorpe Road to ex-councillor Khizar Iqbal. (d13091111)

HONOUR: Marlene Chambers, who has been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, handing over a petition against a plan to build houses on land on Ravensthorpe Road to ex-councillor Khizar Iqbal. (d13091111)

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A DEDICATED woman who has worked tirelessly for her community has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Marlene Chambers, 78, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Thornhill Lees.

The mother of three and a grandmother of six said: “I thought it was a joke at first, then I thought it was a scam!”

Colleagues and friends nominated her for the award for the work she has done in the area, which includes saving a children’s home from closure in the 1970s and a 12 year project to get a community centre in the village. She has also battled against plans to build on green belt land.

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