New year’s honours for March and Sutton Bridge residents

Growers at Curlew Lodge Lane Sutton Bridge'Michael Booth and son Simon flatlifting and subsoiling with minimum tilth on 30 acres of wheat, prior to replanting wheat.  They are trying to control blackgrass by cultivation in an effort to avoid use of chemiclas. ANL-140809-110803009
Growers at Curlew Lodge Lane Sutton Bridge'Michael Booth and son Simon flatlifting and subsoiling with minimum tilth on 30 acres of wheat, prior to replanting wheat. They are trying to control blackgrass by cultivation in an effort to avoid use of chemiclas. ANL-140809-110803009

Two Fenland people have received awards in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

March resident Rosalind Fulcher has been awarded an MBE for services to the prison service. She is a prison officer at HMP Huntercombe.

While Sutton Bridge farmer Michael Booth has received a British Empire Medal for services to the community.

Mr Booth, 73, has been a member of Sutton Bridge Parish Council since 2007 and has served on South Holland District Council for 36 years.

He has also sat on Lutton Parish Council in the past. Mr Booth, who lives in Curlew Lodge, said: “I am very pleased and honoured that the people I represent felt I am worthy to have my name put forward.

“I came home for a cup of tea and the letter was in the post.

“When I saw the envelope say House of Commons I had to sit down. My wife was very pleased.”

Mr Booth has been fundraising for the Market House Trust at Long Sutton, the town’s St Mary’s Church, along with St Matthew’s in Sutton Bridge.

During his time in politics, Mr Booth has been chairman on the district council’s housing committee for 14 years until 2002.

He was chairman of the working party which undertook the first privatisation for Margaret Thatcher at the Sutton Bridge Estate in 1979.

Mr Booth said:“I’ve enjoyed being a councillor and it’s certainly been challenging.

“I would not have put myself up for this long if I did not enjoy it. I enjoy working with people.”

He is married to Mary and has two grown-up children, Simon and Ann Marie.