Conservation volunteer appointed MBE by Queen

A conservation volunteer is among those appointed MBE in Cambridgeshire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Dr Raymond William Matthews, from St Neots, was honoured for services to conservation, as chair of the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.

A total of 13 people in the county were appointed Knights Bachelor, CBE, OBE or MBE when the honours were announced on Saturday.

Honours were also conferred on four of the county's scientists.

Professor Robert Geoffrey Edwards, Dr Hugh Reginald Brentnall Pelham and Professor Mark Edward Welland were knighted and Dr Adrian Parton was appointed MBE for services to microbiology.

The importance of international and inter-faith relations was also recognised.

Professor Yasir Suleiman, a professor of modern Arabic studies at King's College, Cambridge, was appointed CBE, while Dr Edward Kessler, founding director of the Woolf Institute, which studies relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims, was appointed MBE.

Geoffrey Arthur Gorham also becomes an MBE for voluntary services to St John Ambulance.