Top honour for village resident

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A community champion has been recognised at the House of Lords 10 years after launching an award-winning village website for community members.

Bishop Monkton resident Richard Field has been commended for his outstanding work, landing him one of the country’s highest accolades – a British Citizen Award (BCA).

Launched in January 2015, the BCA, in partnership with InMoment, recognises extraordinary achievements by people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others.

Richard, who uses his own finances to fund the community website, received his BCA Medal from Adrian Russell, Group Deputy Chairman at supporting partner Pall-Ex at the Palace of Westminster.

Richard developed a website that includes 28 different sections and offers its readers over 100 pages of information. Since its launch, the site has attracted over 317,000 visitors.

Richard said: “I was absolutely stunned when they told me that I was being awarded the BCA for doing something that has given me so much joy over the years.

“I’ve always loved creating new ways to help my community. It was an honor to be nominated and an even bigger accomplishment to be able to receive the award.”

Alongside the creation and running of the website, Richard also launched and now co-ordinates the community First Responder group, which has been called on numerous times.

Richard also managed to attract a £10,000 grant to provide new computers to a local school where he served as governor. The project also benefitted the community as the computers were made available for joint use.

Through his passion for sport, Richard obtained royal status for the village fields by having them renamed The Queen Elizabeth 2 Playing Field and launched village croquet and table tennis clubs.