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Last Updated: Friday, 31 December, 2004, 07:35 GMT
Twin brothers receive honour
Meurig and Mansel Raymond
Meurig Raymond and his brother have been farming together for 35 years
Twin brothers farming more than 2,000 acres in Pembrokeshire are among 10 in south west Wales honoured by the Queen.

Mansel and Meurig Raymond, who live near Haverfordwest, received the MBE for services to agriculture in the New Year's Honours list.

Meurig, vice-president of the National Farmers' Union, said it recognised people they have worked with.

Another recipient of the award is Janet Chaplin, assistant chief probation officer in south Wales.

Meurig and Mansel Raymond, 51, farm 2,700 acres and have 600 dairy cows and 600 beef cattle.

Meurig, who was elected vice-president of the NFU in February, said: "It's recognition of the work and the people we've been involved in over the years.

"We employ 14 full-staff and they, the family and the NFU, which is a tremendous organisation, have provided us with the necessary backing.

"Both Mansel and I are honoured and privileged to receive the award."

The brothers have farmed together for 35 years. Mansel is married with two grown up children and Meurig is married with three grown up children.

Probation chief Mrs Chaplin, from Swansea, has been in the service for more than 30 years. She receives her award in recognition for her hard work.

She said: "I don't feel as though I'm accepting this award for myself, but I do feel I'm accepting it for the South Wales Probation Service.

"The award is being given to the people who work for the service, not me.

"It deals with people 365 days a year and protects the public and rehabilitates offenders. Everybody in the service works very hard."

Among those awarded the OBE are Hugh Gardner and Professor Ralph Griffiths.

Mr Gardner, director of social services and housing in Swansea, receives his for services to social care.

Prof Griffiths, from Swansea, chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, is recognised for his services to heritage.

Professor Richard Daugherty, from Mumbles, near Swansea, formerly Dean of the Arts Faculty at Aberystwyth University, also receives an OBE for services to education.

Major David Emery, community chaplain at Swansea Prison, is rewarded with an MBE for service to the prison service and to the Swansea community.

Former coxswain of the St David's lifeboat in Pembrokeshire, Malcolm Gray, also receives the award for services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

For services to children in Carmarthenshire, foster carer Betty James is honoured too with an MBE as is Albert Moss, from Swansea, for services to people with Alzheimer's disease.

He is honourary secretary of the Alzheimer's Society's Swansea and Lliw Valley branch.



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