Village stalwart receives British Empire Medal in Queen’s Birthday Honours

David Harries has received the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

David Harries has received the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

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A south Northamptonshire councillor who has been an enthusiastic promoter of the village of Bugbrooke for more than 40 years has been named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

David Harries, aged 66, has received the British Empire Medal for services to the community in Bugbrooke.

Since moving to the village of Bugbrooke in 1972, Mr Harries has become an enthusiast for the preservation and promotion of the area.

He helped the village win Northamptonshire village of the year in 2003 and, as chair of the Village Sports and Community Association, he led the committee in securing various grants for the development of a multi-use games area for the younger members of the community.

He is also the honorary secretary of the Victoria County History Trust where he played a crucial role in the production of the Big Red Book, Northamptonshire Volume V, the first to be published in 65 years.

These books depict the history of the area over the centuries and he was the instigator of their resurrection.

As general secretary of the Northampton Record Society he has significantly reduced the overall cost to the society and produces the annual journal Northamptonshire Past and Present.

In 1980, he was elected to the Bugbrooke Parish Council and he was more recently elected as a member of the South Northants District Council.