George Morley gets royal recognition for decades of work

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A Rutland farmer has been awarded the British Empire Medal for decades of volunteering in various guises.

George Morley received the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Oakham Rugby Club and to the community in Teigh.

A former scrum half for the club for 14 years, Mr Morley has been credited with providing ‘unstinting support for over 60 years’ for Oakham Rugby Club.

That included managing the club for 39 years and serving as its president for 10 years until 2009.

The 79 year old, of Teigh, who had no idea he had been nominated for a BEM until a telephone call from the Cabinet Office said he was very humbled and honoured,

The sheep farmer, who has worked on his family’s Chestnut Farm, in Teigh, since leaving school at 17, said: “I made some wonderful friends through rugby and have many happy memories.”

Mr Morley and his wife Audrey, 67, one of the church wardens at Holy Trinity Church, who “organises most things in the village”, have three children Carol, Andrew and Robert.

Known for being an avid conservationist, Mr Morley’s community involvements includes being a member of the Cottesmore Hunt, Hedge-cutting Society, vice president of Rutland Agricultural Society (President in 2009) and the Stapleford Trust.

A keen bellringer he also tends the grounds and cemetery at Teigh parish church.

Mr Morley and the club also help raise funds for the Matt Hampson Foundation, which provides advice, support and help for anyone suffering serious injury or disability, particularly through sporting activities .

Although now “nearly retired” Mr Morley’s work for the club is far from over, as he is helping with its move from its grounds in Barleythorpe Road, to a new site at Rutland Agricultural Showground.