THE Venerable Eileen Davies, Archdeacon of Cardigan, is among more than 100 people in Wales who have received awards via the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

She has been awarded an MBE for her services to farming in West Wales as a founder of Tir Dewi, a helpline, listening service and sign-posting service.

The service was originally launched in the summer of 2015 and, since then has actively helped hundreds of farmers and their families who were, in one way or another at crisis point.

There is now a network of 60 volunteers across Wales meaning that farmers and their families have more support available to them when they need it.

A working farmer herself, Archdeacon Davies has been the St Davids diocesan adviser on rural affairs since 2005, the year she was ordained into the priesthood.

Last year, she was the first woman to be appointed archdeacon in the diocese of St Davids and has won widespread acclaim – and several awards – for her work with farming communities in West Wales.

The honours list was postponed from June in order to honour recipients who are making an outstanding contribution to tackle coronavirus in their communities.

It includes representatives from frontline services such as NHS staff, people delivering food and goods, education professionals as well as those providing social and community services.

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said: “Twice a year we recognise the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom, in a wide range of professions, industries and communities.

“But the announcement of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours come at an incredibly poignant time as we continue to fight the impact of coronavirus. Many of those honoured today include those not only selflessly serving their communities but who are also responsible for planning Wales’ response to the virus and caring for those suffering its consequences.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those honoured and wish to congratulate them on their individual achievements.”