The chairman of governors at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, has been presented with the British Empire Medal he was awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Raymond Warner is recognised for his 20-plus years' service to Hereward Primary School and to the community in Loughton and Epping Forest.
Mr Warner received the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, when he was accompanied by his wife, Hilary, to a ceremony at Ingatestone Hall, on Tuesday, September 2.
Mr Warner said: “The ceremony was moving and dignified. I felt honoured to be amongst people being recognised for the contribution they have made to their community.
“I am especially pleased that Hereward School featured in the citation read at the ceremony.” In addition to his work with Hereward Primary school, Mr Warner has for many years been chairman of the Epping Forest District Committee of ABF The Soldiers Charity which raises much-needed funds for injured soldiers and their dependents.
Mr Warner has always had a keen interest in local and national politics and continues to take part in a wide range of activities.
He has held several senior officer posts in the Epping Forest Conservative Association including chairman on two occasions.
He was Election Agent for Eleanor Laing MP at the last General Election.