Our loop the loop Luing is awarded an MBE by Queen


A man who influenced the entire city has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Luing Cowley, who is 91, was a Milton Keynes Conservative councillor, a popular former mayor and a magistrate for many years.

Luing Cowley Glider'Luing Cowley at the London Gliding Club, Dunstable ''MPMC  WK26  M10

Luing Cowley Glider'Luing Cowley at the London Gliding Club, Dunstable ''MPMC WK26 M10

He chaired the first Milton Keynes District Health Authority and was so successful that an outpatient’s building at MK hospital is named after him.

Currently an Alderman, Mr Cowley, who is known for his fairness and common sense, is also a founder member of Bletchley Rotary Club.

Four years ago the former RAF pilot raised money for the rotary club charities by flying a loop the loop in a glider.

“The ground seemed to come up awfully fast towards the end,” he said at the time.

Mr Cowley, who ran Cow

ley and Wilson’s garage in Bletchley, was awarded the honour for his services to the community.

Another city man was awarded an MBE for his services to industry and to visually impaired people.

Neil Barnfather, who is 32, was registered blind at birth due to cataracts and glaucoma but became totally blind nine years ago.

The dad-of-three is chief executive of eHosting, a web hosting firm for around 140,000 businesses worldwide.

He is also a founding member of the One Eighth Foundation, set up to ensure equality for disabled communities.

Neil, who has a MSc in economics and a BA in business administration, also founded TalkNav, a philanthropic venture that empowers visually impaired users through adaptive technologies.

His business motto is: “I don’t believe I have a right to be successful. I believe I have to work at it.”