A bell ringer from Chalfont St Giles who has given more than 60 years of service was “shocked” to be awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last month.
John Davidge BEM, 84, who has lived in the village for 50 years, was awarded for his services to the community, having served as a bell ringer since he was 15 years old.
He has worked at various churches, including the Parish Church of Chalfont St Giles, and described bell ringing as more of a hobby than a job.
As well as ringing the bells, he also helps with their maintenance, the installation of new bells and training other bell ringers.
Speaking on receiving his BEM, John said: “I was shocked when I received the letter; I didn’t consider what I did as something particularly special, so it was a surprise that people think I deserved the award.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything special; I just regard this as a long service medal.
“I can’t point to a particular highlight within my job; you just deal with whatever comes your way. The job is not paid work; I did it for so long because it’s something I like doing.”