Community heroes receive Queen’s honours

Vernon Petherick (82) from Waterlooville has been made a Member of the British Empire
Vernon Petherick (82) from Waterlooville has been made a Member of the British Empire
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HE HAS been a key figure in guiding a school into the modern day.

Former 4th radio officer on the old Queen Mary Peter Hollins (82) of Alverstoke, wearing his cap from service

Former 4th radio officer on the old Queen Mary Peter Hollins (82) of Alverstoke, wearing his cap from service

Now 82-year-old Vernon Petherick, the chairman of governors at Crookhorn Technology College, is among the many figures in the area to be proudly placed on the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

He joined the Stakes Hill Road school as a governor in 1975 while his youngest daughter Susan Warner was still a student, and took the mantle of chair of governors in 1991.

Mr Petherick told The News he is ‘very honoured’ and ‘humbled’ to be awarded an MBE for his services to education.

He said: ‘I knew about this six weeks ago and have been sitting on it, which has been very difficult to do!

‘I have been a governor for umpteen years and I enjoy it – the only reason I stay on is because of my enjoyment of the role.

‘I enjoy the atmosphere and being among the youngsters, that’s where our future is.’

Mr Petherick, whose oldest daughter Valerie Firman also attended the school, lost his wife Muriel in 1985 and believes she would be ‘very proud’ of his achievement.

His accolade also brings back memories of visiting Buckingham Palace with his parents, George and Hilda Petherick, to watch his father receive a British Empire Medal on VE Day.

Mr Petherick, who is also chairman of the new generations committee at Cosham Rotary Club, added: ‘I have so many memories of my time as governor and in education.

‘There are memories of change at the school, such as when the school became a technology college.

‘It was one of the first and biggest exercises the then head took on.

‘More recently is getting satisfaction when seeing the results getting better and better at the end of the year.

‘I am looking forward to receiving my medal at Buckingham Palace.’

Eileen Jayne-Wood, fundraiser for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook has been recognised with an MBE for her outstanding contribution to fundraising.

Mrs Jayne-Wood has raised more than £200,000 since 1994 and, as well as chairing one of the 12 local hospice support groups for the Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon Valley area, she is the founder and group travel organiser of Portsdown Travel.

A surprised Mrs Jayne-Wood said: ‘I was absolutely stunned to hear that I have been awarded the honour of MBE.

‘The success of Portsdown Travel would not have been possible without the tremendous encouragement and support of the Rev Harvey Griffiths, my husband Chris Wood and the Rowans Hospice together with all travellers.’

A CBE was awarded to Prof Philip Sutton, of Fareham, and an OBE was awarded to Margaret Paren, chair of South Downs Naitonal Park authority.

Donald Bailey, of Petersfield, was awarded an MBE for charitable service.

MBE for museum volunteer

A FORMER Queen Mary officer has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Peter Hollins, 90, of Alverstoke, has received an MBE for his voluntary service to the Royal Naval Museum.

Mr Hollins, a former fourth radio officer on the famous ship, was instrumental in bringing the Steam Pinnace to the Royal Naval Museum after discovering the last remaining vessel in the River Thames.

He said: ‘Obviously I am very privileged to receive the award and appreciate the thought.

‘It’s very much a surprise and not something I expected at all.’

He was a founding member of the Gosport-based Maritime Workshop charity, which gave the Pinnace a complete refit in 1998.

The vessel emerged to take part in the Festival of the Sea in 2001.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh have both used the ship and it has been a regular attraction at the Old Gaffers Festival in Yarmouth.

Born in Manchester, Mr Hollins family moved to Essex and enjoyed holidays in Portsmouth.

He went to sea for six years during the Second World War before becoming an architect.

ROYAL Navy servicemen and women have been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list released today.


Cpt Paul Abraham, Cpt Steven Dainton, and Cdre Robert Thompson.


Cpt Robert Alexander, Cdr Simon Asquith, Cdr Michael Maltby, Cpt Dean Molyneaux, Cdre John Moores, Cdr Peter Olive and Cpt Jonathan Pentreath.


Lt Cdr Lee Hazard, Lt Cdr Andrew Leaver, Lt Cdr Mandy McBain, Lt Cdr Stuart Millen, and Monique Bateman Smith, director of Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund.