NEW YEAR HONOURS: Derbyshire Dales residents honoured by the Queen

Edwina Edwards becomes an MBE.
Edwina Edwards becomes an MBE.

Three Derbyshire Dales residents are celebrating their inclusion on the New Year Honours list.

All three have been awarded the MBE and become Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, two for services to the community and one for services to sport.

Joe Neville, from Matlock, is a clay target shooting coach and has been made an MBE for services to competitive shooting.

Joe has been a Great Britain shooting coach for many years and has helped train medal winners from all over the world.

He runs a training facility in Matlock where he coaches many top competitors - including his daughter Caroline Povey - as well as novice and intermediate shooters.

An accomplished shot himself, he finished fourth at the 1972 Olympic Games and also won Commonwealth Gold, Silver and Bronze medals along with numerous international and national titles.

He said: “There is a sense of achievement but it is all down to the people that you train - they are the ones who produce the performances.

“You are always looking for the next exceptional talent and luckily we’ve had quite a few good young people coming through.”

Joe said he was first told about the award around four to five weeks ago but couldn’t tell anyone else about it until today - apart from his wife who only knew because she opened the letter.

Edwina Edwards, from Bakewell, is the chief executive of Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport (BECT) and has been made an MBE for services to the community in Derbyshire.

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport provide transport services in rural Derbyshire, from the Hope Valley to Matlock, Winster and Elton and from Buxton to North East Derbyshire.

The group offers a ‘safe, caring, flexible and efficient transport service for people of all ages and backgrounds’ and also aims to encourage voluntary participation in activities and help sustain and develop local communities.

She has said that BECT tries to ‘support people and the planet by providing a transport service for local people’.

And Adrian Wills, from Bakewell, is the head of the Leicester Library Service and has been made an MBE for services to the community in Leicester.