A CLOCKMAKER from Whitchurch has been included in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023.

David Poole has been made an MBE for services to horology and heritage crafts.

David said: "I was thrilled to receive information about being awarded with MBE for service to horology and heritage crafts. 

"For many years I have been actively encouraging young people to become clock and watchmakers, arranging apprenticeships, and writing materials for training. 

"There is a great shortage of clock and watchmakers and few opportunities to learn. Both clock and watchmaking are endangered crafts, definitely a career which should be carefully considered.   

"The craft of clockmaking is fascinating and satisfying; encouraging others to become involved is particularly rewarding.  

"It is wonderful to be recognised for work that has been such fun and worthwhile."

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David has also been a volunteer clock-winder at Whitchurch Skill Mill for more than a decade.

Mill director Sue Tapliss said: “David has been winding the clock at Whitchurch Silk Mill for over a decade and has faithfully turned up like clockwork to ensure the Waterloo Clock, that has kept time over Whitchurch Silk Mill for over two centuries, keeps on time.”

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Also recognised is the former chief constable for Hampshire Olivia Pinkney, awarded a CBE for services to policing.

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Olivia, who announced in September 2022 that she was leaving policing after 31 years, became Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary’s first female chief constable when she took up the position in April 2016.

In 2016, Olivia was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours list.

Olivia said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award for services to policing. I am delighted to accept it, and I do so on behalf of the fine profession that I was proud to serve for 31 years. Proud of the service delivered by the most brilliant, compassionate, humble, and capable people who genuinely make a difference every day.”