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New Year Honours awards for all
Sportspeople, charity workers, helpful neighbours and health care staff are recognised for their work in the West Midlands in the New Year Honours.

Birmingham cricketer and one of this summer's Ashes heroes Ian Bell is made an MBE for his services to the sport.

The former Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev John Austin, becomes an OBE for services to inter-faith relations.

Foster carers Anthony and Josephine Homer, who have cared for more than 350 children, were made MBEs.

The couple, from Stourbridge, also brought up five children of their own.

'Hard to believe'

Mrs Homer said she was astonished and delighted.

"I find it hard to believe we can do something we love all our lives and then get an honour like this," she said.

Insp Gillian Baker, of West Midlands Police, becomes an OBE as does Dr Griselda Cooper, consultant anaesthetist at Birmingham Women's Hospital.

David Cropper, the former area manager for the Highways Agency in Solihull, is appointed OBE.

Also becoming OBEs are Stourbridge head teacher Dr Melvyn Kershaw and Prof Upkar Pardesi, dean of the business school at the University of Central England.

Prof Peter Ricketts of the University of Birmingham is appointed OBE for his services to medieval languages and literature.

John Allen is made an MBE for his services to the community in Wednesbury as is Alfred Austin, honoured for his services to the community in Dudley.

Community relations

Snober Sultana Bhangu, the founder and chairwoman of the Midland Alnisa Association, also becomes an MBE for her services to community relations in Birmingham.

Also becoming MBEs are David Bradnock of Solihull for services to the administration of justice and to the community in the West Midlands and David Bryant for services to the Smethwick Heritage Centre.

Anne Burge, a neurophysiology healthcare scientist at the City Hospital, Birmingham, is appointed MBE as is Capt Dennis Crook of the West Midland Regiment of the Territorial Army.

Ivy Davis becomes an MBE for her services as a volunteer helper at the Chad Vale Primary School in Birmingham.

Also becoming MBEs are Ellen Emms for her services to the community in Coventry and Audrey Flash, a former youth worker in Birmingham.

The Rev Bryan Gracie is made an MBE for his work at the HM Prison Birmingham as is Millicent Hadley for services to the community in Walsall.

Robert Hall, a managing partner at Hall Bros in Coventry is appointed MBE for his services to training.

Also becoming MBEs are Charles Jordan, the former chief executive of Servol Community Trust and Dr Dorothy Keighley for her services to healthcare in Longbridge, Birmingham.

School crossing warden Brenda Mann of Birmingham is made an MBE as is Josephine O'Sullivan, for services to crime victims in the West Midlands.

Edmund Quaynor of West Bromwich is appointed MBE for his services to the community.

Becoming MBEs are Diane Waltho, an administrative officer at the Jobcentre Plus in Sutton Coldfield and Rhonda Wilson for services to photography and international trade in Balsall Heath.

Cyril Woodall, a councillor on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, is also made an MBE.


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