Local community crusader awarded with an MBE

Mixenden resident Valerie Barker receives the MBE from Lord Leiutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe.
Mixenden resident Valerie Barker receives the MBE from Lord Leiutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe.

Valerie Barker, 65, of Mixenden Road, Halifax, was officially recognised for her tireless efforts in community project work as she was presented with an MBE in a ceremony at a church in Mixenden.

The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid M Roscoe presented Val with the MBE after a presentation on the decades of dedication from the local woman.

Val snubbed Buckingham Palace in favour of lunch with family, friends, and volunteers in a ceremony at Holy Nativity, Mixenden.

“I could have travelled all that way to meet the Queen for a matter of minutes; this way I get to party all day with friends and family and celebrate and share the party with those that have been crucial in briging this community together.”

Speaking at the ceremony the Lord Lieutenant said: “This is the first time I’ve been to Mixenden; the atmosphere has been great.

Only a small collection of excellent people are presented with an MBE. Valerie works tirelessly to encourage and mentor other residents; to rid Mixenden of a negative reputation.”

Valerie said: “It’s fantastic. I’m very proud. I’ve lived here 56 years and I’ve seen the changes we’ve gone through. This recognition gives something back to the community.

Reverend Robert Sutherland, vicar for Mixenden and Illingworth said: “Val’s worked tirelessly for this community for decades. It speaks volumes that she turned down the lights of Buckingham Palace and rather, invited people to church for a lunch ceremony.