Young people’s charity stalwart to be made an MBE

Robert Constable-Maxwell of Bosworth Hall. [MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)
Robert Constable-Maxwell of Bosworth Hall. [MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

A dedicated Harborough district man who has been involved with a Leicestershire young people’s charity for more than 30 years has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Robert Constable-Maxwell, the owner of the historic Bosworth Hall estate in Husbands Bosworth, has been honoured with an MBE due to his many years’ service to the Young Leicestershire organisation.

Mr Constable-Maxwell, who is a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, has been the chairman of Young Leicestershire since 1984.

It offers young people the opportunity to do activities such as football, table-
tennis, music and arts and is the biggest provider of open-access clubs for young people in Leicestershire with more than 15,000 members among its affiliated groups.

With more than 40 part-time workers around the city and county, the charity is the biggest employer of youth workers in Leicestershire.

The 80-year-old told the Mail: “I’m absolutely delighted to be honoured, particularly because I feel it shows a formal recognition of the important role our young people play in society.

“They are our young leaders of tomorrow and I believe every opportunity should be given to them in order for them to excel whatever their background.”

Mr Constable-Maxwell, was also the county’s High Sheriff – the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown – in 1991-92.

The Grade II-listed Bosworth Hall in Theddingworth Road is used as a base for the village’s annual festival and Party in the Park which raises money for local good-causes.

It consists of two houses, the Old Hall and a Georgian-style-hall.

The Old Hall was constructed in Norman times and was substantially renovated in the 16th century as a country house. The newer hall was added in about 1790.