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Rhuddlan castle custodian appointed MBE
Jane Colclough
Jane Colclough is honoured for her work in Rhuddlan

A custodian of a castle and a 90-year-old community worker are among MBEs in north east Wales.

Jane Colclough, appointed MBE, has been looking after Rhuddlan Castle since 1993.

"It's lovely to think people have kindly put me forward for it," she said. "That's amazing."

Ex-nurse Sydney Badland, 90, is honoured for wide-ranging community work in Denbigh, including helping fellow stroke victims.

Mrs Colclough said: "I keep a daily check on the castle, making sure nothing's wrong. I try and make sure everybody enjoys their visit."

She is also honoured for her other work in the community, including being governor at the village school where she takes an active role.

She often plays the saxophone for the local children, an instrument she began learning to play aged 50.

Rhuddlan Castle
Jane Colclough is honoured for being custodian of Rhuddlan Castle

She also tries to bring attention to Rhuddlan's other important features.

"We also have a motte and bailey castle, Twt Hill," she said. "We organised a battle re-enactment there so that the children realise how important it is in Rhuddlan's history."

Sydney Badland, 90, is honoured for his work in Denbigh.

He moved to the area to work at the North Wales Hospital in 1957 where he became chief male nurse.

In 1978 as president of the local Rotary club he set up the first Citizens' Advice Bureau in the town and also started Denbigh Angling Club in 1960.

After suffering a stroke four years ago he became active in his local Positive Action for Stroke group which aims to bring people who have been affected by a stroke together for various social activities.

David Tibbott is also appointed MBE for services to the community in Llandrillo, Denbighshire.

He has worked with local charities including Nightingale House Hospice and also helped to run the village carnival and dog show.

"It was a bit of a shock to hear I'd got the honour", Mr Tibbott said, "but it's lovely."

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