Honours for two Co-op stalwarts

FORMER Rochdale Pioneers Museum warden Dorothy Greaves, who died last summer, has been posthumously awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of her services...

Mrs Greaves, who was known to thousands of visitors to the Museum, lost her battle with cancer in July. She had been active in many aspects of Rochdale life. 

As well as being a warden at Toad Lane since the mid 1980s and spending many years undertaking detailed family research on each of the 28 Pioneers, she was Chairwoman and Secretary of the Civic Society; a member of the Rochdale Music Society, the Community Arts Committee, the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery and the Culture Committee and was organiser of the town’s Heritage Weekends.

Her activities were recognised by the award of Rochdale Woman of the Year in 1997 and an award in recognition of her work for the borough in 2009.

Also honoured was Co-op Movement educationalist, writer and academic Melvyn Butcher, who receives the MBE for his voluntary service to education.

Mr Butcher, a former Luton borough councillor, says he is elated by the award after first becoming involved with lay governance in 1965. Since then, he has served on “something like 20 or so” governing or managing bodies and was presented with a Luton school governor recognition award in 2007.

A student at the Co-operative College in the early 1960s, Mr Butcher went on to become the Co-op Union’s Southern Section Education Officer from 1966 until 1972. He is currently an education consultant to Cambridge University, vice-chair of the Luton Schools Forum and chairman of Leagrave Primary School in the town.

Said Mr Butcher: “Education is so dynamic – it is both challenging and exciting. There is so much excellent work going on in our education system and I am proud to be part of it.”

Both Mr Butcher and family members representing Dorothy Greaves will receive their awards at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

• Adrian Coles, Director General of the Building Societies Association, was awarded the OBE for his service to the financial services industry.


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