NEW YEAR'S HONOURS

Three Conservation Board members receive New Year honours.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is celebrating the news that the work of three of its members has been recognised in the New Year's honours list.

Jeffrey West, John Millington and celebrity chef, Rob Rees will be making their way to Buckingham Palace in the spring to be decorated by the Queen.

Jeffrey West will receive an OBE while John Millington and Rob Rees have each been awarded the MBE.

Vice Chair of the Conservation Board, Jeffrey West is an archaeologist and architectural historian. He has given up his role as a policy director for English Heritage to train for the ministry.

His award is in recognition of his work for services to the historic environment. Mr West who lives in Charlbury said: " I was very touched that people thought to put my name forward for the honour. It was a particular pleasure to be cited for services not to the heritage (which can sometimes sound a bit narrow and backward-looking) but to the historic environment. Evidence of human life and creativity is all around us and belongs to everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from. That is very much what I have tried to work for over the years."

With twelve years experience managing rural tourist attractions he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

John Millington has been a driving force behind the Cotswolds Voluntary Warden Service for many years.

He became a voluntary warden 31 years ago and was the first Head Warden. He is described by many as a genial man who works tirelessly for the benefit of others.

His MBE is being awarded in recognition of his work for the Cotswolds Voluntary Warden Service and Sue Ryder Care.

Mr Millington said: "I am delighted, and surprised and pleased for the two organisations that are party to it, because it highlights their position."

He added that his New Year resolution was to "carry on doing what I am doing and not to stop."

Board Member and food guru Rob Rees, who is one of the UK's leading chefs, is Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation, a Director for "Taste of the West" and a champion of Cotswolds produce. He is receiving his honour in recognition of his services to the Food Industry.

When he goes to Buckingham Palace to receive his award it will not be the first time he has had dealings with the Queen as he cooked a meal for her in the past.

Mr Ree's cookbook, 'The Cotswold Chef: A year in recipes and the landscape', tells you exactly where to get ingredients, which food is in season and tips on how to buy locally. For more information you can log onto: