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His Majesty the King’s Honours List for New Year 2024, New Astley Centre

Written by on 30 December 2023

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents have been recognised in His Majesty the King’s Honours List for New Year 2024.

Fifteen residents have been honoured with CBEs, MBEs and BEM for their services to communities, public service and for their professional contribution.

Among those recognised in the New Year’s honours are Dr Chandra Kanneganti from Stoke-on-Trent, who is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for his services to General Practice

Councillor Abi Brown from Stoke-on-Trent, has received the OBE for services to Local Government

The MBE has been given to Professor Miriam Bernard from Newcastle-under-Lyme for services to Ageing Research and to Older People, And Bert Proctor from Audley has received the BEM for services to the Community

Here is the full list for Staffordshire –

The Honours recipients are:

Commanders  of the Order of the British Empire CBE

Dr Chandra Mohan Kanneganti, Stoke-on-Trent, for services to General Practice

Officers of the Order of the British Empire OBE

Ms Catherine Jane Parry, Stoke-on-Trent, services to Political and Public Service

Mr Kenneth Paul Newton, Stafford, services to Public Service

Councillor Abigail Margaret Brown, Stoke-on-Trent, services to Local Government

Professor David Foskett, Burton-on-Trent, services to Hospitality Industry and Inclusivity

Members of the Order of the British Empire MBE

Mrs Jacqueline Mary Gange, Cannock, services to Community in Cannock

Mr Rowan Edwin Crozier, Lichfield, services to Manufacturing and Enterprise

Mrs Jill Alcock (Clewes), Staffordshire Moorlands, services to The Arts and Charity

Professor Miriam Bernard, Newcastle-under-Lyme, services to Ageing Research and to Older People

Dr Catherine Emma Baxter, services to Higher Education

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire BEM

 Mr Martin Peter Wild, Barton under Needwood, services to Community in Tamworth

Mr Herbert Proctor, Stoke-on-Trent, services to Community in Audley

Mr Stephen Roger Lees JP, South Staffordshire, services to Community in Himley, Swindon and South Staffordshire

Mrs Elaine Hutchings, Lichfield, services to Community in Lichfield during Covid-19

Mr Peter Stewart Clemson, Burton-on-Trent, services to Performing Arts and the Community in Burton


A new centre celebrating one of Newcastle-under-Lymes most famous sons is moving forward.  23-25 Merrial Street, will become the base for the Astley Centre for Circus & Performing Arts.

Commemorating Philip Astley, the man regarded as the father of the modern circus, the empty building owned by the council has been renovated using Government funding and will house a museum, research centre and a training and teaching facility.

The Astley Centre will be run by a Community Interest Company (CIC) and will not be subsidised by the Borough Council.

Andrew Van Buren, Director of the Philip Astley Project CIC, said: “We are looking forward to unveiling this newly transformed premises, a place for amazing things to happen.  The Philip Astley Centre will help generate extra footfall, plus a renewed vibrancy within the town centre.”