A RETIRED South Yorkshire police inspector from the Wombwell area has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List.
Lay minister Trevor Tindle, 58, is to receive the MBE for community work in his home village of Great Houghton. He is married to Laraine with one student son, Jamie.
Mr Tindle retired from the police force six years ago, after stints at Goldthorpe, where he began his career in 1975, and Wombwell, where he was stationed as an Inspector.
He said: “This was a big surprise. I thank everyone who nominated me - I’m told most of the village did. It’s wonderful”!
Mr Tindle had a pivotal role in keeping the village’s ancient church open, in uniting all sections of the community with activities from baby clubs to entertainment for the elderly, and for helping to restore the Great Houghton Gala.
New Year Honours also went to South Yorkshire’s former chief constable Med Hughes, who will receive the CBE.
Barnsley’s legendary Test cricket umpire Dickie Bird was given an OBE after setting up the Dickie Bird Foundation which awards cash grants to under-privileged children.
And tenacious taekwondo world champion Sarah Stevenson, of Doncaster, receives an MBE for her services to martial arts.
Doncaster’s wonder-woman Jeanette Fish is to receive the MBE for 40 years of devoted care to terminally ill cancer patients, and Rotherham grandma Constance Shepherd for her work as a bereavement counsellor.
Lynne Hill, from Barnsley, was also awarded the MBE for her work linked to the independent monitoring board of HM Prison and Young Offenders’ Institution in Doncaster.