6 Islanders have been recognised for their varying contributions to the local community and society as a whole in this year’s New Year Honours list, with MBEs and BEMs to be awarded.
Mr John Bernard Roger Matthews, 69 of Shanklin, is to receive an MBE for services to Dentistry. Mr Matthews is said to have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the profession in his role as Chief Dental Officer at Denplan Ltd. In 2012, he was instrumental in setting the Heart Your Smile charity, of which he is a Trustee.
Ms Elizabeth ‘Hammie’ Tappenden, 54 of Cowes, has also been recognised with an MBE for services to Small Business Start-ups and Women in Business on the Isle of Wight. Ms Tappenden has been involved in enterprise promotion on the Island since 1992; she became involved with the Prince’s Youth Business Trust helping secure finance for over 60 individuals to start up their own business. Over the years Hammie has helped to establish 800 new businesses and in 2012 her company, In to Biz Ltd, was awarded the Queen’s Award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion.
Angela Tate Groves, a Probation Officer at HMP Isle of Wight, has been awarded an MBE for services to Probationers and voluntary work to the local community.
Councillor Reginald Robert ‘Reg’ Barry, 74 of Nettlestone, is to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community on the Isle of Wight. Cllr Barry has been a dedicated member of the Isle of Wight Council from 1993 through to 2005, and since 2009 has represented his home parish of Nettlestone and Seaview. Whilst on the County Council he was instrumental in securing the creation of the Hersey Nature Reserve. Reg has also been a major part of Seaview Football Club and since 1990 has been a member the Royal British Legion.
Mr Scott Watkin, 36 from Ryde, is also being recognised with a BEM for services to People with Learning Disabilities. Mr Watkin has delivered outstanding work on a national scale for many years to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. As an Eye Care and Vision Development Officer for SeeAbility, he presents ‘Look Here’ events, teaching people with learning disabilities about eye care. He co-chaired the Learning Disability Partnership Board on the Isle of Wight and chaired the Board for 6 years.
In addition, Mrs Ann Marjorie Francescia Pembroke is to receive a BEM for services to the Cultural History of the City of London. Mrs Pembroke lives in Newport and is a director of The Isle of Wight Heritage & Field Studies Centre.