Editor’s comment: Well done to two honoured by the Queen

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 January 2018

Wendy Matthews has been made an OBE for her services to midwifery. Picture credit: BHRUT.

Wendy Matthews has been made an OBE for her services to midwifery. Picture credit: BHRUT.


Most people work hard and give their time to help others without expecting more reward than their monthly pay or the satisfaction that they are making a difference.

Exams Officer at The Albany School Lesley Hall has been awarded a BEM in the New Year HonoursExams Officer at The Albany School Lesley Hall has been awarded a BEM in the New Year Honours

So it is a nice surprise when someone notices and recognises those efforts.

It’s particularly special when that person is the Queen!

The New Year Honours are traditionally about recognising the efforts of ordinary people, although most of the publicity focuses on the celebrities and sports people who pick up awards.

Two very special women in Havering were honoured in the list published at the weekend.

Former teacher, now exams officer, Lesley Hall, has been at The Albany School, Hornchurch for an astonishing 50 years.

She has seen generations of pupils come and go – probably some generations of the same families – and so the school is justifiably proud of her achievement in receiving the BEM for services to education.

Congratulations to Lesley for all her hard work.

Well done, too, to Queen’s Hospital’s director of midwifery Wendy Matthews, who has been made an OBE.

Wendy has led huge improvements to BHRUT’s midwifery department over the past five years and is clearly a popular recipient.

When we revealed the news on our Facebook page, there were many supportive messages.

Julie Foreman wrote: “Congratulations – you’re amazing! As a mother of 4, every midwife I’ve encountered has been a kind, caring, supportive, bossy hero!”

Joanne Kitching wrote: “Amazing achievement. Well done. Good to see the real heroes of society being recognised.”

And Joanne Tomlinson wrote: “Congratulations to such a great lady. I am in complete admiration of you.”

Clearly these two women are very popular members of the community and deserve this recognition from the Queen.

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