Berkshire

Wind and watermill enthusiast receives MBE

Dr Ronald Cookson
Image caption Dr Ronald Cookson wants to keep a record of the UK's disappearing mills

A Berkshire man who created an archive about mills has been appointed MBE.

Dr Ronald Cookson, 69, established The Mills Archive Trust in 2002 and has since collected more than one million documents and images.

He said: "I was humbled. It was very pleasing and I was grateful for the recognition. It came out of the blue."

Also in the Queen's Birthday Honours list are former executive headteacher Marsha Carey-Elms and Department of Transport (DfT) adviser Mike Fuhr.

When Dr Cookson started his archive his office at Watlington House in Reading occupied its attic.

It now covers most of the ground floor of the building and employs more than 30 volunteers.

He added: "It's down to all these volunteers and the effort and creativity they put into making this happen.

"These objects are disappearing - there are no way near as many mills around as there used to be - and we felt it was very important to keep the records of what there was in the past."

Image caption Mike Fuhr led the DfT London Olympics programme

Mrs Carey-Elms, 66, is appointed OBE for services to education.

She was the head at Kendrick School for 19 years before her expertise was sought at John Madejski Academy and Reading Girls' School.

"I'm delighted and very proud and I see it as a recognition not just of what I've done but of my own children who have supported me, and all the teams in all the various schools," she said.

Mr Fuhr, 63, from Wokingham, was instrumental in forming the funding package that saved the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project from collapse in 1998.

He also led the DfT London Olympics programme.

He said: "I've had a very long career working as a civil servant on large projects and I suppose some have borne fruit in a good way.

"The hallmark has been trying to get a decent break for the taxpayer."

Other Berkshire honours include a CBE for Titanic and The Reader actress Kate Winslet, and a knighthood for Hamlet and Thor director Kenneth Branagh.

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