A number of local people have been recognized in the New Year Honours List for 2019. They include Adrienne Howell (pictured) who gets the British Empire Medal or BEM for her services to the community of Mere. In particular Adrienne has organized the Mere Literary Festival for many years.
Liz Pocock from Motcombe, who has been closely involved with the local church and village shop, is also awarded the BEM for services to the community.
Meanwhile Colonel John Blashford-Snell from Shaftesbury has been made a CBE for his efforts towards scientific research abroad and to young people in the United Kingdom. He founded the Scientific Exploration Society and helped set up development charity Operation Raleigh.