Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Community service in South Yorkshire honoured by Queen

Two men who have worked to serve communities in Sheffield have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list.

Alva Lambert, 70, is appointed MBE for his work with the Afro-Caribbean community. He also helped establish the city's first credit union.

Muhammad Zahur, 69, has become an MBE for his service to the Pakistani community.

Others honoured include a councillor and a charity fundraiser.

Mr Lambert joined the West Indian Association in 1974, before it became the Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association, and later served as its chairman.

Mr Zahur helped establish Sheffield's Pakistan Muslim Centre in the late 1980s, which also works to improve integration between different faiths and communities.

He has also served as a magistrate in the city.

The deputy leader of Barnsley Council has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Labour councillor Jim Andrews was first elected in 1986.

Also receiving a BEM is Yvonne Rufus from Doncaster.

Mrs Rufus, 60, has spent 11 years helping to run the Stars in our Eyes group, which has raised more than £750,000 for local and national charities at performances held four times a month.

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