An honorary alderman of Hampshire County Council (HCC) has been listed in the New Year Honours List, which recognises the achievements of extraordinary people across the UK.

Michael Woodhall from Stockbridge was honoured as a medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for his services to the community in Hampshire.

He was recognised for his work for various groups and charities, in the areas of building preservation and heritage, as well as helping to set up the Hampshire Farmers’ Market.

Mr Woodhall said: “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s a great honour to be recognised for the work I have been doing for the past 50 years or so.”

Also in Test Valley, there was an MBE for Jean Beauchamp for services to young people in Lockerley, and a CBE for Romsey professor Philip Nelson for his services to UK engineering and science. 

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