Three community stalwarts from the district received British Empire Medals at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Donald and Doreen Clinton-Smith, of Harborough, and Len Bale, of Lubenham, received their medals for services to the community at a ceremony at Beaumanor Hall.
The medals were presented by the Queen’s representative in the county, Lord-Lieutenant Lady Gretton.
Mr and Mrs Clinton-Smith, of Glebe Road, ran youth activities linked to Harborough Methodist Church for many years. More recently they were key to Harborough’s successful bid to secure Fairtrade Town status and, through the Harborough Churches Together group, helped form the Clockwise Credit Union.
They are actively involved in Churches Together’s Holidays at Home scheme for older people (see News in Pictures on page 12) and Harborough’s Action for Justice and Peace group.
Mr Clinton-Smith said: “We are thankful that we have been given the health and the strength to do the things we have done.
“In all the different things we have been involved in, and are still involved in, it has only been because there have been teams of people that have worked with us. The award was received by us but it was received on behalf of them all.”
Mr Bale is chairman of Lubenham Village Hall, which he has been involved with since 1978.
The retired architect oversaw renovation work to the hall in the mid-1990s and designed the new hall, built in 2004, for free as well as leading a fundraising drive to complete the project.
He is also a church organist, youth club leader, chairman of Lubenham Drama Group and a former volunteer driver.
Mr Bale said: “It was a superb ceremony, just a lovely day.”
Lady Gretton said: “This was such a special occasion for me as Lord-Lieutenant, and it was a real privilege to present these honours at Her Majesty’s command.”