Honours richly deserved

Date: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

AS the first day of 2018 approaches, those who have worked tirelessly in their communities, as well as holders of public office, are once again being recognised in the New Year Honours.

In Eden, Carl Scrivens, of Glenridding — one of those who selflessly gave his time to help the devastated lakeside community recover after the floods of 2015 — has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Mr. Scrivens took off more than two months from his “day job” as an agricultural contractor to dedicate seven days-a-week to helping those in need.

His commitment to helping the community build resilience to future flooding events continues today, more than two years after Storm Desmond first hit.

Many of the Cumbrian recipients of this year’s honours are based in the west of the county and it is heartening to see so many of them honoured for genuine community service in the areas in which they live and work.

The honours system is sometimes criticised for being a box-ticking exercise, rewarding people for their rank or job title.

That is certainly not the case when teachers, mountain rescue volunteers and bell ringers are among those whose community spirit has earned them recognition.

Work and time volunteered freely by committed individuals such as these is often the glue which holds communities together and keeps them afloat even in the toughest of times. This is especially true in rural areas where public services are not always available on tap.

These honours, and the thanks from the wider community they represent, are richly deserved.