National treasure Olivia Colman has scooped a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The royal gong caps an awards-littered few months for the actress, 45, who claimed an Oscar and Bafta for The Favourite earlier this year. There were OBEs for Oliver's Army crooner Elvis Costello, chief scout Bear Grylls, and Good Wife star Cush Jumbo. Along with the famous names, the list also celebrates the efforts of those working to improve people's lives. Of the 1,073 people honoured across the UK in this year's list, 47% are women - slightly down on some previous lists. 10.4% come from a BAME background - the highest ever, by a small margin, in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Olivia Colman Olivia Colman said she was "totally thrilled" and "humbled" to be made a CBE for services to drama. The Oscar-winner first found fame as Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell's neurotic Mark, in the British comedy Peep Show. She said in a statement to the Press Association: "I'm totally thrilled, delighted and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019 in full
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PUBLISHED: 16:25 23 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:25 23 May 2019 Matt Powell Local campaigners and MP Grant Shapps have been trying to have the route opened for years. Picture: supplied Archant A locked route in Panshanger Park is to be opened almost five years after it was promised. One of the new routes to access the south of the park. Picture: supplied by EQ CommunicationsDevelopers Tarmac have announced that the Mimram Valley walkway and 4.7km of new paths will be opened on June 24.Michael Charlton of Tarmac said: "We are pleased to announce the opening of 4.7km of new footpaths at Panshanger Park to improve access from the south of the park and provide access to the Cole Green historic landscape."The Mimram Valley path will also be opened to provide an additional east-west permissive route in the park through the lower valley to the south of the River Mimram."Previous reasons for the path remaining closed have included the requirement of a fence and to … [Read more...] about Locked Panshanger Park path set to be opened
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 April 2019 The Havering Show. Families enjoying the sun Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Don’t kill off the Havering ShowMark Jones, Victor Walk, Hornchurch, writes: I read to my dismay in last week’s Recorder (March 29) about the council’s short-sighted decision to now introduce admission charges at this year’s Havering Show. Are the council seriously expecting hard working families to pay to enter their own town show in their own park, which they have already paid for out of their recently increased council taxes? That’s disgraceful!This great family event has now been going for 40 years, and is more successful year on year partly because of its free admission. A great atmosphere enjoyed by many thousands, as reported by this newspaper. Like ourselves, I don’t think many people attend on either or both days solely for the live music on the stage. As I see it, the live music … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Havering Show, Rainham, speed humps, litter and more.