Deputy chief constable, father of three from Fenland, Straw Bear founder and cricketer from East Cambs honoured by The Queen

Deputy Chief Constable John Feavyour at tan early morning in Wisbech three years ago

Deputy Chief Constable John Feavyour at tan early morning in Wisbech three years ago - Credit: Archant

THE deputy chief constable of Cambridgeshire, a father of three from March and a cricketer from East Cambs and the founder of Whittlesey Straw Bear festival feature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Peter Singleton

Peter Singleton - Credit: Archant

Deputy chief constable John Feavyour, who is due to retire in August, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM), in recognition of distinguished police service.

Brian Kell in Straw Bear attire!

Brian Kell in Straw Bear attire! - Credit: Archant

Mr Feavyour said: “I am enormously proud to receive this award. It is fabulous to be recognised for my 30 years of service in this way.”

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “This award is richly deserved. John has worked tirelessly throughout his career to ensure policing remains effective, efficient and accountable. I am delighted to see that he has been rewarded for his services to policing in three different forces, and his national work on misconduct.”

Mr Feavyour, 49, has been DCC in Cambridgeshire for seven years. He joined the force in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable.


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Mr Feavyour’s policing career began in Leicestershire in 1983. He moved to Northamptonshire Police in 1998 as a superintendent where he led the force response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry before transferring to Cambridgeshire Constabulary five years later.

FATHER of three Peter Singleton is still shocked that he has been recognised by the Queen.

He was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the Crown, voluntary service and the March community.

The 62-year-old is vice chairman of the March and Chatteris Talking Newspaper Association, which he has been involved with since he moved down from Liverpool in 1986.

He is also a popular figure in community and hospital radio and served as a governor at All Saints Primary School, March, for 16 years.

He said: “I’m thrilled and humbled. It’s amazing, I’m gobsmacked.

“I was shocked to be asked a few weeks back whether I would be willing to accept the accolade and have kept completely silent since then.

“Lots of other people do so many great things for the community and have not been recognised so I feel very privileged to receive this honour.”

BRIAN Kell, founder and organiser of Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival, is a BEM recipient. The citation reads “for services to music and the community in Whittlesey”.

CRICKETER John Pryke has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to sport, charity and the community in Fordham.

He is a Fordham Cricket Club stalwart and a dedicated servant to the Fordham Charity Group, which has raised more than £130,000 for various causes since it was formed.

He said: “I am still shocked, bewildered, flattered and humbled to have received this honour.

“I have never sought any accolades or rewards for my voluntary work.

“It has been a largely enjoyable and rewarding experience in itself and I’m still uncertain if I am worthy of such an Honour.

“I have also been very fortunate and this is why I feel I must dedicate and share this award with so many other volunteers who have been by my side over the years.

“From my father, who gave me the genes and inspiration to be involved in local sport, after he gave many years of voluntary service to the community of Fordham, right through to my fellow members of The Fordham Charity Group, who have been totally committed, loyal and supportive over so many years.”

He added: “I also wish to dedicate this to all other voluntary workers in the village and to anyone else who has helped to keep our community alive.”

OTHER Cambridgeshire people honoured are:

Knights Bachelor:

PROFESSOR Patrick O’Rahilly, FRS. Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine, University of Cambridge

Order of the British Empire - OBE:

KAY Dimelow. Head teacher, Huntingdon Nursery School and director, Huntingdon Town Children’s Centre.

DAVID MacLeod. For services to Employee Engagement and Business. (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Order of the British Empire - MBE:

WILLIAM Tudor Brown. Co-founder ARM Holdings.

LADY Olwen Mary Cass, JP, DL.

MARTIN Gill. Principal Officer, Serious Organised Crime Agency.

ROSIE Phyllis Kilby. For voluntary service to the community in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire)

ANTHONY David Lemons, Director of Physical Education, University of Cambridge.

SIMON David Marsh. Member, National Planning Policy Framework Practitioners Advisory Group

British Empire Medal:

ARTHUR William Bonus. For services to the community in Rampton,

UNA Cleminson, TD. For voluntary service to the Royal British

CHRISTINE Leaves. Family and Friends Care Support Group consultant,

JOHN Mason. For services to the community in Cambridgeshire through Community Action Peterborough.

RICHARD Thomas Arthur Todd. Head Gardener, Anglesey Abbey

Order of St Michael and St George - KCMG:

PROFESSOR (Arthur) Alan Dashwood, Emeritus Professor, European Law, University of Cambridge

Order of St Michael and St George - CMG:

PROFESSOR William Rodolph Cornish, QC. Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Cambridge.

Military Division - Army - Order of the Bath - OBE:

ACTING Col Roger George Hunter Herriot. Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force.

Queen’s Police Medal:

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