Worksop: Council clerk made BEM in Queen’s New Year’s Honours for outstanding 55 years of service in local government

Peter Goulding who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Nottinghamshire.

Peter Goulding who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Nottinghamshire.

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A Worksop man has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list for his outstanding services to Nottinghamshire during a career in local government that has spanned more than 55 years.

A British Empire medal (BEM) is on its way to dedicated Peter Goulding, who has been serving as clerk at Cartlon-in-Lindrick Parish Council since 1973.

The 71-year-old was made BEM for tireless work which has seen him take on numerous senior roles at the parish council, Bassetlaw Council, Nottinghamshire Council and the former Worksop Borough Council from 1970 onwards.

Following the announcement this week, congratulations flooded in for the proud new MEB, who was described as ‘incredibly kind, hardworking’ and an ‘invaluable asset’ to the community.

Councillor Chris Smith, chairman of Cartlon-in-Lindrick parish council, told the Guardian: “I have known Peter a long time, and I am utterly delighted that that he has been made an BEM for his work in local government over so many years. This is a class example of some of the efforts undertaken by individuals for the good of the community. Peter is to be held in the highest regard for his efforts.” Vice chairman of the the parish council, councillor Valerie Bowles, added: “Nobody deserves this more than Peter. Kind, hardworking and so helpful, he is an invaluable asset to the parish council and also to the entire county.” As well as making a name for himself across four councils, Mr Goulding was also non-executive director and chairman of the modernisation board at Bassetlaw’s first primary care trust.

On his incredible achievement, Mr Goulding said: “I was somewhat shocked but pleasantly surprised to be informed that I was to be made a BEM.

“I have to say that I would not be in this position were it not for the love of my family and the co-operation and support from colleagues, both in local government and the public health sector. “Whilst this award is individual, I hope it serves to demonstrate the hard work of many people in the county that give up their time and professional expertise to serve Nottinghamshire to the best of their abilities.

“I am privileged to be involved with such people.”