Two Islanders in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

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Lieut-Bailiff Jurat John de Veulle, chairman of the Jersey Heritage Trust, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Royal Court and the trust, and Shirley de Gruchy becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Jersey Society for Deaf Children and Young Adults.

Jurat de Veulle said his first reaction was a mixture of surprise and pleasure – followed by embarrassment.

‘I am not in the pride business, but I am rather pleased,’ he said.

He became a Jurat in 1995 and was appointed Lieut-Bailiff in 2000.

He is the third chairman of the Jersey Heritage Trust, taking over from former Deputy Don Filleul in 2000.

A former partner with accountants Ernst and Young, he was invited by the first chairman, Brigadier Raoul Lemprière-Robin, to become a trustee in 1998.

He is married to Bridget and they live in Gorey and have two sons, Helier and James, and one grandchild.

Jurat de Veulle said he equally enjoyed being an officer of the Royal Court and heading the Heritage Trust.

‘I’d much rather do that than hit a golf ball around the place,’ he said.

This week will see a double celebration in the St Mary home of Mrs de Gruchy.

Not only is she mentioned in the Birthday Honours, but her husband, John, celebrates his 60th birthday.

Their two daughters, Joanne and Julie, will join in the celebrations.

Mrs de Gruchy has been involved with the Jersey Society for Deaf Children and Adults for 26 years.

She was motivated to join the charity because her younger daughter, Julie, is has a hearing impairment.

A past committee member, secretary and chairwoman, Mrs de Gruchy now confines her work to the charity’s sub-committees.

She also works part time as a personal assistant.

She said she was taken aback when she heard the news and that it was such an honour – and one which she hopes will raise awareness of the charity.

Mrs de Gruchy said it was all thanks to the committees she had worked with over the years, and the past and present members.

However, she said, the honour was most of all due to children, young adults and parents whom the charity helped, and to the public who supported its work.

‘And I would like to thank my family who have supported me,’ she said.

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