Duchess presents British Empire Medals to dedicated residents

23 Nov 2017

Two Northumberland residents have been  presented with   British Empire Medals for  their  dedicated community and voluntary service.

Zoe Frais from  Callaly and Hugh Tulip from Hipsburn were  awarded their honours  at a special investiture ceremony at Alnwick Castle   by the Duchess of Northumberland, in her capacity as the  Queen's Lord Lieutenant for the county.

The British Empire Medal (BEM) was revived in 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year after it was disbanded in 1992. It is given  to those engaging in voluntary work who have made a ‘hands-on’ contribution to their local community and recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ‘BEM’.

Zoe Frais  has been engaged in social work and public service for over 40 years in the Alnwick area and has demonstrated, over a long period of time,  full dedication to young people and the community in Alnwick.  She has been an active Governor for Nunnykirk School for the last 10 years  and has been an integral part of the school community  and playing an instrumental role in helping the school successfully overcome its challenging periods. Zoe was a dedicated trustee and chairwoman (three times)  for  the Gallery Youth Project. And, from the late 70s until the 90s she set up and ran weekly adult literacy classes for the deaf and set up and ran a youth club for children with learning difficulties. She  worked for Barnardos Somervyl Family Centre where she worked with victims and perpetrators of abuse, teaching parenting skills to dysfunctional families. She also had a distinguished career as a social worker spanning over 25 years and was a well regarded magistrate for over 10 years.

Hugh Tulip was awarded his British Empire Medal  for his significant services to cricket and the community. He has shown uncommon generosity to all aspects of village life and it is down to his drive enthusiasm and commitment that Alnmouth Cricket Club has become such a thriving club and  an integral part of the community. In 1989 he was voted Club President and still holds the  post  to this day. In his 27 seasons as President, the club has gone from strength to strength -  with an enthusiastic and talented junior section  securing the future of the club for many years to come.   Hugh takes a keen interest in the matches, watching home and away teams and is always there to offer words of encouragement, congratulations or condolence. He also lays on post-match bbqs as a way of recognising and thanking the players for their endeavour on and off the pitch throughout the season.

Her Grace The Duchess of Northumberland said:  “To receive a British Empire Medal is an incredible achievement and it is a great  pleasure to present the  awards  to Zoe and Hugh who are two very worthy recipients.  I'd like to congratulate them for their  dedicated work and commitment over many years. They are a credit to their communities and to Northumberland and an inspiration to us all."