Inspirational Rutland residents receive honours

Pictured from left to right, The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, Dr Lucy Pearson, Mr George Morley, Mrs Joyce Lucas, Air Commodore S M D Williamson-Noble High Sherrif of Rutland. EMN-141011-140722001
Pictured from left to right, The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, Dr Lucy Pearson, Mr George Morley, Mrs Joyce Lucas, Air Commodore S M D Williamson-Noble High Sherrif of Rutland. EMN-141011-140722001
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Three inspirational Rutland residents have received honours at a special ceremony held at Oakham Castle last week.

Joyce Lucas, from Oakham and George Morley from Teigh, both received the British Empire Medal at Oakham Castle on Friday.

Joyce Lucas received her award for her services to the community in Oakham over the past 25 years.

Joyce said: “It’s a great honour. My family has always been involved in the local community; my father was a town councillor and my grandfather a mayor.

“It’s something we’ve always done and something I take great pride in.”

Joyce currently serves on Oakham Town Council, runs the popular Knit and Natter Club, campaigns for the Karen Ball Fund and is a regular contributor to the Rutland Times.

She has also served as a ward member for Rutland County Council, Oakham Town Mayor and co-founded Oakham in Bloom in 1997, for which she is still a committee member.

George Morley received his award for his service to local sport, having been involved with Oakham Rugby Football Club for more than 60 years.

George managed the club from 1971 - 2010 and has been president since 1998.

During his time, he has overseen them rise to national league success, establishing a 400 strong youth system of Minis, Juniors and Colts and working to secure local sponsors and organise annual fundraising events.

George said: “I was surprised and a little shocked when I found out that I’d be receiving the award.

“Oakham RFC has changed a great deal. When I first got involved with the club 61 years ago we had our headquarters at the Railway Inn. Now I’m going to hang my BEM certificate in the new clubhouse.”

The ceremony was presided over by The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, who said they had both demonstrated tremendous community spirit.

In addition to the two British Empire Medals, a Special Commendation was issued by Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble, High Sheriff of Rutland, to Dr Lucy Pearson from Langham.

Dr Pearson who is the first Rutland resident to receive a Special Commendation in five years, received her award after giving medical assistance to a victim of a knife attack in February this year.

As well as providing critical care for the man, who later recovered in hospital, she successfully diffused the situation by persuading the attacker to give up the 
weapon.

She said: “On the day of the attack I just did what all GPs would do - I followed my training and am just glad that I was there to help.”