Parish councillor earns honour from the Queen

Michael Turner, of Great Brickhill, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Michael Turner, of Great Brickhill, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
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GREAT Brickhill stalwart, Michael Turner, is set to be honoured with an MBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

However, he nearly threw the letter away after initially thinking it was a spoof.

Michael Turner, of Great Brickhill, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Michael Turner, of Great Brickhill, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

He said: “I had to read it three times before I knew it was real. It is a very humbling experience and the response I have had from the community since I started telling people has been hugely supportive.”

Michael represents the 12th generation of the Turner family to farm at Rectory Farm and he is regularly found helping people in the community, much like his father used to.

He has been on the Parish Council for around 22 years and been chairman of the town’s cricket club for 25 years, two roles he took over from his father after he retired.

He said: “The community is important to so many and it helps children and old people feel safe.

“If you have no family in the area then having that community spirit can serve the same purpose.

“I grew up in this community and I have watched my father helping various people.

“You help people because you want to and you enjoy it and I am honoured to be given an MBE for doing something I continue to enjoy.”

Michael’s MBE was awarded for services to the community in Great Brickhill.