British Empire Medal
Huge congratulations to our very own Roger Charnley, co-founder of BADCOT and tireless organiser of the Burley-in-Wharfedale Christmas Market for 13 years, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business and the community.
Roger helped to form BADCOT in 2002 to negotiate compensation for shop owners losing trade during major works. The Christmas market was launched the following year to run alongside the village Christmas Lights Switch-on and has become a highlight of the community calendar.
As well as running the Christmas Market until he was 80, Roger has been the driving force behind the growth of BADCOT to support businesses, community groups and the village environment through initiatives such as the Buy Local Shop Local campaign and Scarecrow Trail at the first Burley Summer Festival.
Roger has also been commended for his role as treasurer of the Burley Theatre Group for the last 10 years, in which he’s helped to keep the group going by managing accounts, promoting productions and selling tickets, advertising and sponsorship. Always taking a hands-on approach, he will have greeted many theatre-goers in his dicky-bow as “front-of-house” on performance nights, too.
And as a member of the local Probus Club and the Bingley and Airedale Rotary Club, Roger has organised many successful fundraising events, from concerts to auctions, for charities such as the Royal British Legion and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Roger’s nomination for a Queen’s Honour attracted much support from local businesses and community leaders. Angela Pickard, owner of Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast, called Roger “a real gentleman, with great enthusiasm and sense of humour” who had inspired her.
Parish Councillor Niccola Swan said: “He has been involved in a voluntary capacity in a great many initiatives which bring and keep our community together. For many years, he has worked tirelessly and with exceptionally long hours on key projects which are acknowledged to have made Burley really special.”
On behalf of the BADCOT committee and its members, we say:
MANY CONGRATULATIONS Roger on your well-deserved award!