Royal salute for services

12-580     MBE for Julie Nicholson at Herts Mind Network in Hemel Hempstead.
12-580 MBE for Julie Nicholson at Herts Mind Network in Hemel Hempstead.

THE leader of a mental health support group that has grown from being a two-man band to helping 800 people each week has been awarded an MBE.

Chief executive of Herts Mind Network Julie Nicholson has been with the organisation, which began in Hemel Hempstead in 1995 running drop-in sessions at church halls, for 17 years.

“I love my job, I have been very lucky,” said Julie, a mum-of-three, who lives in Kings Langley.

“We work with clients to offer services to develop a happier life – not many people have that in their jobs.”

The 54-year-old has been awarded an MBE for her services to mental health.

Julie said: “What a shock. When I got the call I thought it was my son messing about because he is a bit of a tease.

“It is a joint celebration – it is not just my success but a success for the organisation.

“I just feel passionate about improving services for people with mental health.”

>A man from Sarratt who is always willing to go the extra mile has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to the community.

Colin Plummer, 73, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Chairman of the village hall for 11 years, and currently the hall’s treasurer, Colin has been a part of village life for decades.

He has also been the warden at the Holy Cross Church and organises the village flower festival every year.

He said: “It’s a great honour, and it’s even nicer because it has come from the village.

“But there are lots of people in the village who do a great many things. It’s a great place to live.”

Roger Dudley, the current chairman of the village hall, nominated Mr Plummer for the accolade.

He said: “Of all the people in Sarratt he is certainly the man to get it as he’s made outstanding contributions to the village over the years.

“Nothing is too big for him, and when people thank him he just praises the efforts of others.

“He’ll go round and visit anyone who’s ill. Going the extra mile, that’s Colin all over.”

> Also on the regal roll call are Glynden Hopcyn Trollope, the deputy chairman of Dacorum Mental Health Support Group, who has been given an MBE for services to mental health and Herts County Council leader Robert Gordon, who has been awarded a CBE for services to local government.

The head of patient and public involvement for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust Lesley Lopez has been given an MBE for services to the NHS.

And the former diocesan registrar of St Albans, David Cheetham, who lives in Redbourn, has been awarded an MBE for services to Ecclesiastical law and to charity.