AN ECCLESIASTICAL historian and the headmistress of a cathedral school are among those honoured in the New Year Honours list.
The Revd Dr Diarmaid McCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church in the University of Oxford, is made a Knight Bachelor (KB) for his services to scholarship. (A C of E clergyman does not receive the accolade or take the title Sir.)
Sylvia Morris, who retired last month after 18 years as head teacher of St Saviour and St Mary Overy, Southwark Cathedral Primary School, is made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire.
Among the CBEs are the Chaplain General of Prisons, the Ven. William Noblett, and Canon Guy Wilkinson, formerly the Archbishop of Canterbury’s secretary for inter-religious affairs, and the Church of England’s national inter-religious affairs adviser.
Among the OBEs are the cricket commentator Dickie (H. D.) Bird, who is a Methodist, for services to cricket and charity; the conductor and composer the Revd Ronald Corp, an honorary assistant priest at St Alban’s, Holborn, a Church Times reviewer, and the founder and artistic director of the New London Orchestra (interviewed, Arts, 1 July 2011); Edith Mary Koete, provincial president of the Mothers’ Union in Melanesia, and wife of the Bishop of the Central Solomons; and Fr Peter N. Orudiana, a priest in the Church of Melanesia, for services to education, media, the Church, and the community in the Solomon Islands.
Among the MBEs are Ralph Allwood, formerly Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College, for services to choral music; John Coatman, leader of the Urban Saints youth group in Croydon; Derek Connelly, who chairs the board of governors at Baildon C of E Primary School, in West Yorkshire; James Davis, Good Childhood Adviser for the Children’s Society; Colin Henry, who chairs the board of governors at Christ’s College, Guildford (a C of E aided secondary school with ecumenical partners); Alan Horsfield, stonemason, for services to St Paul’s Cathedral; Peter Mills, a former chief architect of the Church Commissioners, and a trustee of the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, for services to the conservation of ecclesiastical buildings and to the community in Dorking, Surrey; Prebendary Sam Philpott, long-serving parish priest of St Peter’s, Plymouth, for services to the community in Plymouth, Devon; and the Revd Andrew Shaw, NSM of St Peter’s, Fleetwood, Lancashire, for services to the community in Fleetwood; and the Archdeacon of St Helena, the Ven. Dale Bowers, for services to the community there.
Among the Members of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) is Carl Jackson, Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace; and there is a Royal Victorian Medal for Philip Chancellor, formerly Verger of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy.