Honours for prison guard, scout leader and Kingston councillor

Surrey Comet: Doug Reynolds (front), now an MBE, protesting about post office queues in 2008 Doug Reynolds (front), now an MBE, protesting about post office queues in 2008

A Kingston councillor, a Scout leader and a prison guard are among the people recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

In a roll call dominated by Olympic and Paralympic athletes, several public-spirited individuals from the borough have joined the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray in being recognised for their own outstanding achievements.

Among those honoured are Kingston resident Joanna Haigh, professor of atmospheric physics at Imperial College London, who has been made a CBE.

Kingston councillor David Fraser has been made an MBE for services to health and community.

Kingston resident Tony Boden, a prison officer at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, has also been awarded an MBE, for voluntary services to HM prisons and young people.

Former Kingston Labour councillor Doug Reynolds was also made an MBE, for services to the community.

Elsewhere Bob Bushell, district president of the Royal Kingston Scout Group, has been given a British Empire Medal.

Coun Fraser, 85, is currently Kingston’s longest-serving councillor, having first been elected in 1984.

He is currently chairman of the New Malden branch of Arthritis Care, and is an executive member of the Kingston Association for the Blind.

He said: "I am humbled and surprised by this honour as I have worked for over 40 years with some amazing workers and health care professionals, and in my early career I used them as role models.

"In the voluntary sector that I have been involved with since 1956, it has been a pleasure to meet so many dedicated volunteers who have all contributed to improve the quality of lives that we have engaged with and due recognition should be attributed to them also."

Mr Boden, 48, has been a prison guard for nine years, but also volunteers as a school speaker as part of the Your Life, Your Choice programme, giving young students an insight into life behind bars.

Mr Boden said: “It’s sinking in slowly. It’s absolutely awesome and I accept it with open arms, but I would like to use it for the benefit of Your Life Your Choice.

“It’s about being proactive instead of reactive. I find it rewarding. It’s a long day but it makes up for it when hopefully someone stops and thinks about what they’re doing.”

Mr Reynolds, 92, is a former Labour councillor and is currently chairman of Kingston Pensioners’ Forum.

He said: “I’m very pleased. It is recognition for the sort of work I enjoy doing.”

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6:39pm Wed 9 Jan 13

George Plimpton says...

Very well deserved, it is not just about winning medals but also quietly helping your community that deserves recognition.

Scout volunteers do a marvellously job keeping youngster on the straight and narrow.

I do a lot of work with scouts and I would like to think I have put a lot of myself into the borough, particularly the children.
Very well deserved, it is not just about winning medals but also quietly helping your community that deserves recognition. Scout volunteers do a marvellously job keeping youngster on the straight and narrow. I do a lot of work with scouts and I would like to think I have put a lot of myself into the borough, particularly the children. George Plimpton
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