Sunday, 26 September 2021

Award for woman behind royal visit

A WOMAN who helped organise the Queen’s diamond jubilee visit to Henley last year has been honoured.

A WOMAN who helped organise the Queen’s diamond jubilee visit to Henley last year has been honoured.

Margaret Haines, of Balmore Drive, Caversham, has been made a member of the Royal Victorian Order.

She said: “I am very honoured and very proud to receive this award as it is a gift from the Queen herself.”

Mrs Haines has managed the office of the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mary Bayliss for almost 14 years and has organised more than 300 royal visits during this time.

She said the Queen’s visit in June was one of the highlights of her career. About 4,000 guests attended a garden party at the Henley Business School at Greenlands.

“It was hugely enjoyable,” she said. “Obviously a huge amount of work was in involved in making that happen but it was very succesful for those who attended.”

Mrs Haines enjoys the varied nature of her job. “We help a huge number of different charities and organisations across the county, which makes it very rewarding,” she said.

Elsewhere, a newsagent has been made an MBE for services to the news delivery trade.

Richard Brighton, of West Drive, Sonning, said: “It’s something I’d never even thought was remotely possible but I am extremely pleased and humbled.”

He opened his first shop in Woodley in 1981 as he wanted a business of his own and both his grandparents and his wife’s father were retailers.

Mr Brighton had eight branches of Brighton’s Newsagents at one stage and now has three shops in Sonning Common, Woodley and Twyford and a distribution centre in Earley.

His wife, Jill, looks after the cards and stationery in the shops while the couple’s sons David and Robert run the shops and the distribution unit respectively.

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