I am pleased to announce the award of an MBE to Mr George Frederick Thomas JP, in recognition of his services to the judicial sector on Ascension Island.

George, affectionately known as ‘Dover’, has served the community of Ascension Island as a Magistrate since July 1988.  George has made a positive contribution to the governance of Ascension Island during that 25-year period. Delivering justice in such a small community requires a high degree of responsibility and civic-mindedness that George has demonstrated throughout the time he has served as a Magistrate, which has been on a purely voluntary basis.

I am further pleased to announce the award of a BEM to Stedson Graham Francis for his contribution to the community of St Helena. Stedson was a voluntary producer for Radio St Helena for some 43 years until its closure in December 2012, providing much welcome entertainment to the community.  Stedson has also served as Chairman of the Blue Hill Community Centre Association for 25 years, one of the few community centres which have continued to function continuously during that period of time. Stedson’s contribution to the community has also included taking on various roles in a number of associations concerned with farming activities since 1984, such as the Beekeepers’ Association, Farmers’ Association, St Helena Growers Cooperative Society and the Man & Horse and Blue Hill Cattle Syndicates. Stedson also served as a Member of the St Helena Legislative Council for a period of 12 years from 2001- 2013, during which time he served on Executive Council for four years.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating both George and Stedson on these well deserved recognitions.

Sean G P Burns

Acting Governor

13 June 2014

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