Islanders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Fantastic to hear that so many Islanders have been recognised for their services to the community and environment.

HRH The Queen:

Congratulations to the six Islanders have been recognised for their work or services in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Member of the British Empire
Sandown town councillor, Heather Humby will be made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for over forty years of services to Sandown.

Helen Butler from Binstead will be made an MBE for her incredible conservation work for Red Squirrels over the last 22 years with the Wight Squirrel Project and Red Squirrel Trust.

Lt Dominic Valvona from Ryde will receive an MBE for his engineering work in the Antarctic on ice patrol vessel HMS Protector.

British Empire Medals
Jillie Wheeler from Bembridge will be awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her fundraising work for charity, having raised over £95,000 over the years.

Rosemary Mitchell will receive a BEM for her services to the East Cowes community. Rosemary is the brainchild behind the popular jigsaw puzzle festival which has raised £19,000 for St James’ Church.

Order of the British Empire
Scientist Mark Simmonds who was born in Shanklin and now lives in Bath was awarded an OBE for his work in marine conservation with whales.

Earlier this month, Rosie Wolfenden from Bonchurch, but now living in London, was awarded an MBE as a fashion innovator. Rosie set up Tatty Devine 13 years ago with Harriet Vine. They started out selling hand-made jewellery at Portobello market and now have two branches of Tatty Devine in London.

Image: Michael Gwyther-Jones under CC BY 2.0

Saturday, 22nd June, 2013 9:56am



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Maggie Currie

Well done to all those receiving honours for the good works they have done. They should all feel very proud.

The whole honours system has been brought into disrepute by governments of all shades. Honours given to party members as rewards for favours done has discredited what should be a recognition for service to the country. Worse still, there seems to be no consistency with respect to who gets what. An example A man who cracked the most secret German codes during World War 2, saving the… Read more »
Don Smithd

I could’t agree more. What war did princess Anne serve in? She’s got more medals than…And a different uniform for every day.

Honours are getting out of hand; and do lose their credibility and value.

All the bankers that ripped us all off, are Sir or Lord. What a shambles.


Reminds me of the story about a man who had 15 children. They offered him a knighthood but he wouldn’t wear it!

sam salt
The Honours system might well be outdated. I do not know enough, unlike Brian and Don, to have an informed view. However, what I do know, is that Jillie Wheeler is very deserving of her BEM. It is a long overdue recognition of all the work she does (along with the lovely Cassie) for Charity. This work goes on all through the year. You never meet Jillie… Read more »
Don Smith

Helping with a charity is OK – I do a little myself by a monthly donations.

But when these people are working for noting, just ask what the chief executives of nearly all charities pay themselves.

Most Celebs. latch on to a charity, that’s a fact.

sam salt
Glad you think helping with charity is OK Don, and that you do a little yourself by monthly donations. These “people” as you put it are working for nothing. Perhaps I can put it another way, these volunteers work for the satisfaction they get out of it. The put in far more than a monthly donation and do not look for payment. Have you or those close… Read more »
It’s a hearty well done to all awarded for the good work that you do. You make the Island a better place. I have known previous recipients, and have seen the joy awards give, for what does sometimes seem a thankless endeavour. I doubt very much if those honoured would begrudge Brian and Don an accolade for their public spirited efforts, if they have done anything of… Read more »
Don Smith
When bankers and others, who have made millions on the backs of ordinary people get rewarded, it makes me sick – Nothing to do with sour grapes. I spent fourteen months in Korea and two and half years in the far East. I have done my bit for Queen and country. How long are the princes (Captains now) away from the luxury of the palaces? Part-time soldiers.… Read more »
Have to agree there, Don. When Mark Phillips started courting Anne he was a lieutenant and was made a captain before you could say “attention”!! Then Tim Laurence was a commander when he met Anne now he has gone from commander to captain to vice-admiral, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and Companion of the Order of the Bath. Probably nothing to do with being married… Read more »
Don I applaud you for the good things that you have done, as I’m sure do any right thinking people who use this site, but why try to take the shine off awards given out to others. Are you ‘sick’ because you didn’t receive an award? Which you may well have accepted in your youth? No one is claiming that ALL awards are equally just but there… Read more »
Don Smith
I received my campaign medals and I received a lovely letter from the Queen on the occasion of our diamond wedding; God bless her. Example: A chief constable retires then becomes a SIR months later he becomes a LORD and then a BARON. For what? just for doing their jobs well, along with a very generous pension fund. There is a growing culture in the hierarchy and… Read more »
Don Smith

I hold the OBJ and Bar; and the honour that I am most proud of: FOSC. However, I do keep these things to myself. I do no believe in honours, other that for bravery.


That’s nothing Don, I have the VD and Scar!

sam salt

Gutter humour Brian, quite disgusting.


I was surprised the Wayne Whittle wasn’t recognised this year although feel it will inevitably come at some point in the not too distant future.

steve s

Oh, Wayne. Stop it! ;-)

Rose Tint

As a wild guess, perhaps they don’t like his conviction for selling unsafe and counterfeit goods?


A simple oversight at a time of intense family trauma

kevin Barclay-Jay

Bystander is Wayne Whittle…I’m almost proud he doesnt like me :)


Don’t like you? I wouldn’t go that far, although I wouldn’t vote for you, but that hardly puts for in a minority does it? Oh, and I’m not WW but I’m certainly most flattered to be mistaken for him.


@Bystander “Oh, and I’m not WW but I’m certainly most flattered to be mistaken for him.”

‘Nuff said! :-))

Agreed Cicero, although little doubt intended to be derogatory. I’m afraid I hold my own views formed through my experiences and refuse be shouted down by the mob for refusing to comply with the oh so predictable anti-County Press, anti- Wayne Whittle etc etc agenda. I understood there was supposed to be a Renascence taking place on the Island but the attitudes of some on this website… Read more »


Are not the Conservative Party (to whose coat WW turned after being elected previously as an Independent)) the CP that you so valiantly support also “stuck in the past” ? :-))

I cant stand the Tories personally but WW was, very recently, elected decisively on his own merits by his residents. His disillusionment with Independents is self evident but his switch to the Tories was well and truly endorsed by the electorate so I don’t see how the defection can possibly be held against him, unless a person has an agenda. I don’t valiantly support the CP at… Read more »

As you say, in the recent election, WW’s defection was supported albeit with a reduced majority on a reduced turnout.

Of course, WW was free to change his political allegiance from that on which he was elected in 2009.

However, IMHO he should have resigned at that moment and stood in the resulting bye-election in his new colours.

Your figures may be accurate but they give a misleading view of WW’s decisive victory at the recent election as this time WW won with 324 votes compared to 364 votes in his victory at the 2009 election, but this time around he was 133 votes ahead of the next highest candidate (Valvona Independents) whereas in 2009 he was only 46 votes ahead of the second place… Read more »
OK Sally, but my original comment was in the context of Honours and I had to put the record straight when WW was misrepresented as having made my comment himself. I feel there is also a wider public interest here as WW is often treated as a whipping boy by certain parties on this website whereas in fact he does very well the job he was elected… Read more »
steve s

I’m not so sure it’s an anti-Wayne Whittle agenda, per se. It’s just that your fawning adoration of him is really quite hilarious.

Don Smith

If you want to get on in this world, create a charity – They are all doing it. I’m after finding one in St Kitts:-)

To obtain an award, one must be recommended by two people;
or the Prime Minister can just ennoble you and send you to the house of Lords (Nod, nod, wink, wink.) Lord Archer and M/s Smith (Of video fame) being a fine examples.

Robert Jones
Honours can be a two-edged sword when they invite mockery: when the late Steve Ross was ennobled, a certain newspaper columnist, artfully but not entirely successfully disguised as Mole Man (in the Weekly Post; also late…) took to calling him Lord Vectis of the Pyle. As, so far as I recall, he lived in Quay Street, not Pyle Street, I found that confusing; but then I find… Read more »
My personal view is that the UK Honours system as practised today is both CORRUPT(it has been demonstrated the major ones- peerages and knighthoods) can be bought) and CORRUPTING (promises of an awarding or withholding an honour being used to influence political and other decisions.) Giving people awards for just doing their jobs (e.g. business people, civil servants, sportspeople etc) seems inappropriate to me. This criticism does… Read more »