THE chairman of the Banbury District Racial Equality Council is among the Banburyshire residents to receive New Year's Honours.
Margaret Ferriman, who lives in Wroxton, was made an MBE for services to community relations.
The former district councillor help found the Banbury District Racial Equality Council more than 30 years ago.
She said: "I just could not believe it. At first I thought why me? But when you think about it it's quite right to recognise the Racial Equality Council.
"We have done a tremendous amount of work and have been successful in driving the level of racism down in our town and that is a very proud record for a small organisation."
London Youth chairman Richard Sermon, from Banbury, was also named on the honours list last night and received an OBE for services to young people.
Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart, who has a home near Deddington, was awarded a knighthood for his services to Drama.
The boss of Brackley-based Formula One team Brawn GP and its championship winning driver were also handed honours.
Ross Brawn - the team's principal - received an OBE while its driver for the season just gone, Jenson Button, was appointed MBE.
Chiltern Railway chairman Adrian Shooter, who lives in Steeple Aston, was made a CBE.