Norwich folk honoured by Queen

A woman who set up a community radio station and education project in the city to help tackle the problem of antisocial behaviour among youngsters has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

A woman who set up a community radio station and education project in the city to help tackle the problem of antisocial behaviour among youngsters has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Dawn Jackson, who set up the Futures Project, formerly called the NR5 Project, in April 2000, has been made an MBE for services to young people in Norwich.

The organisation, which includes Norwich community radio station Future Radio, originally provided two volunteer youth workers on the streets of Earlham after reports of antisocial behaviour hit the headlines.

The charity now employs 47 people and has 5,000 registered users. It has also helped children receive life-changing full time education.

Mum of three Mrs Jackson, 46, said she was 'completely stunned'.

She said: 'I'm really thrilled to bits and delighted. I couldn't have done it without Sonia who I started the project with.

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'I'm blessed to be surrounded by the people who work around me and who really genuinely care. They all deserve to be recognised as well.'

Others from the Norwich area who have been recognised include Norfolk County Council councillor Adrian Gunson and boat builder Jack Chippendale.

Mr Gunson, who has represented the Loddon division for 40 years, said: 'I'm very pleased and deeply honoured to be made an MBE for services to local government.

'I was born in Norfolk and I'm very fond of Norfolk and its inhabitants, and I'm pleased to have been able to do my little bit to help people in their daily lives and the way in which the county is run.'

Mr Chippendale, 86, who lives at Wroxham Barns, has been made an MBE for services to the boat building industry.

The widower has been involved in boat building for nearly 70 years and is still working.

Mr Chippendale, who founded Chippendale Craft Ltd in 1954, said: 'It's really been an entire life. I started as an apprentice at 14 and at 86 I'm still teaching. I've had an exceptionally good life in boat building.'

Melvyn Perkins who set up Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and Hethersett Athletic Football Club has also been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours as has Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington, who grew up in Norfolk.

Father of two Mr Perkins, 60, who lives in Meadow Close, Hethersett, set up the cycle speedway club in 1966 when he was just 16 to keep youngsters, including himself at the time, off the streets.

Over the years, he has seen the club grow and it has produced British and European champions.

He then set up the football club, which now has more than 300 members, in 1991. He has been honoured for services to the two sports.

Mr Perkins said: 'I'm absolutely thrilled and stunned. It's quite stunning and recognition of 45 years' work. It's a nice gesture.'

Do you know someone who has received special recognition for the work they do? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email

Other honours

Royal Victorian Medal

John Alan Brown, tractor driver at Sandringham Estate.

Norman Anthony Newstead, sawmill worker at Sandringham Estate.

Colin Peter Wood, gardens foreman at Sandringham House.


Stephen Evans for services to the Samaritans in the UK.


Prof Stephen Bazire, chief pharmacist at the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, for services to pharmacy.

Robert Hetherington, district manager at Jobcentre Plus, Norfolk.

John Idiens for voluntary service to the National Trust in Norfolk.

Elsie Pearson for services to the community in Martham, near Yarmouth

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