A COMMUNITY stalwart who has run a club in Ellesmere Port for more than three decades has been officially honoured in a ceremony at Tatton Hall.

William Henderson Moore, known as Henny, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list earlier this year.

Henny has since received the medal from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire Mr David Briggs MBE at a ceremony on Thursday, November 7, at Tatton Hall.

Henny has run a club called Ace Club, for adults with learning difficulties, for 36 years.

Along with the help of his valued volunteers, Henny puts a disco on every Wednesday in Ellesmere Port, which is attended by around 180 to 200 people each week.

They have themed night such as Valentines, Easter, Halloween, bonfire and Christmas.

People travel from all over the Wirral to attend.

Over the years, Henny and his volunteers have done different fundraising events such as bed races and sponsored walks from Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port along the canal. All money raised helped to buy a caravan in Prestatyn, North Wales, for all club members and volunteers to enjoy breaks away.

Daughter Karen Baines said: "We as a family are very proud of dad for all the work he does to make a difference to so many lives."

Earlier this year, Henny was also rewarded with a British Citizens Award at a Palace of Westminster ceremony.

Henny’s inspiration for the Ace Club came from former colleague Ronnie McNiell, whose selfless concern for orphans earned him the nickname ‘ace’.

Following Mr McNiell’s death, Henny felt there to be a gap in the community and decided to fill it with an organisation honouring his friend.