GRANDFATHER Roger Shorter has dedicated decades to working in the community of Churchill in West Oxfordshire.

The 76-year-old retired farm worker has only just finished his time as a councillor on Churchill and Sarsden Parish Council after nearly 30 years.

He is being honoured for services to the community of Churchill with a British Empire Medal.

He said: “It was a bit of a surprise.

“I am trying to find out who nominated me.

“I am very flattered because I think there are more people around who deserve it more than me.

“I have always felt very strongly about keeping the small community going. When we moved in we knew everyone.”

Mr Shorter moved to the village in 1983 with his wife Sue, 70, and became involved in fundraising for renovations to the village church.

Since then he has been on the village events committee and is involved in community events including the Churchill Vintage and Classic Car Show, which is run every two years.