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.