Quartet of Simon Winston, John Lord, Jason Wong and Christopher Wheatley receive accolades in New Year's Honours list
A QUARTET of people living or working in the Advertiser area who have benefited society have been rewarded in the New Year Honour's.
Simon Winston, 81, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Holocaust education and awareness.
Mr Winston has been a frequent speaker at Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations and regularly addresses audiences at different events.
These include those at the National Holocaust Centre, Laxton, where he is a regular speaker, and prisons and schools.
The purpose of his talks is to promote tolerance, peace, human kindness and to prevent discrimination,
abuse and genocide.
His dedication to Holocaust education and remembrance is said to be unstinting.
In the last five years alone almost 10,000 adults and students have heard his testimony through the
Holocaust Educational Trust's Outreach Programme.
Mr Winston was born in 1938 in a small town called Radzivillov in eastern Poland, which came under Nazi rule in the summer of 1941.
In 1943 Mr Winston's family managed to escape after two years in the ghetto and spent a further two years as fugitives, hidden by Polish farmers.
When the war ended, he and his family came out of hiding and became refugees. They were allowed into Britain in 1947.
John Lord, 83, received a BEM for services to the community in Hough-on-the Hill, where he has lived for 82 years.
For more than 60 years, he has been a churchwarden.
He is a highly-skilled and completely self-taught wood carver, and over the years has completed a number of projects including renovating the inside of the church and making more space within the building for community events.
Through his wood carving he has made the lectern, the pulpit, the bishop's chair, a nativity scene, and the lychgate.
At the request of the Bishop of Lincoln, he carved a plaque and other items for Lincoln Cathedral.
He installed a number of barn owl boxes on his family farm, and over a period of ten years, eighty young barn owls have been fledged from the boxes, contributing to a substantial increase in the barn owl population in the local area and wider East Midlands.
He organises the local fete, even making wooden games.
He is described as a village stalwart, where he is active, visible, and always available to all residents.
Dentist Jason Wong, 48, of Bottesford, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to dentistry and oral health.
Mr Wong, who works at the Maltings Dental Practice, Grantham, has been chairman of the NHS Local Professional Network (LPN) since 2013, a role in which he set up 12 managed clinical networks, which is more than any other LPN chairman.
These are in oral surgery, restorative, gerodontology (the only one in the country) special care dentistry, orthodontics and paedodontics.
Under his leadership, the LPN has increased its coverage from Lincolnshire and Leicestershire to also include Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
He has been instrumental in assisting Leicester City Council, Public Health England and Health Education England in improving children's oral health.
The local authority area had become the worst in the country for the oral health of under fives, and he played a pivotal role in a coordinated local effort that resulted in a 27% reduction between 2012 and 2017 in the number of children in this age group with tooth decay — three times the reduction seen nationally over the same period.
He is also heavily involved in the NHS Starting Well project, and launched NHS Starting Well for Leicester and Luton along with the chief dental officer for England.
Mr Wong is said to be an outstanding professional and ambassador for the profession, who is unfailingly cheerful, knowledgeable, committed and willing to go the extra mile.
Christopher Wheatley, the chief executive of the Flying High Trust, which includes Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy and Cotgrave Candleby Lane School, received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to education in Nottinghamshire.
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