Robert Cheesman receives the British Empire Medal

We are pleased to share the news that in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Robert, who retired as Chairman of Friends of Lewes earlier this year, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the community in East Sussex.

Robert CheesmanMany will be familiar with Robert’s 55-year membership of FoL, with 26 of those as Chairman; not all may know that he also had five decades of active involvement and leadership in Scouting in the County and a similar period in the Lewes Footpaths Group.

For over 25 years he has been a member of the South Downs Society, with his 7 years as Chairman encompassing the creation of the South Downs National Park.

It is a well-deserved recognition, for it is truly remarkable to find such sustained and influential periods of voluntary service in so many contexts.

Read Robert’s story in ‘South Downs Generations’