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Cathedral benefactors in New Year list

06 January 2011

by Glyn Paflin

A KNIGHTHOOD for Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing West and a former trustee of Christian Aid and former chair­man of the Church of England Children’s So­ciety, is among the New Year Honours announced last week. It is for public service.

Among the new CBs is the Ven. Stephen Robbins, lately Deputy Chaplain General and Archdeacon for the Army, who addressed the General Synod in February last year (Synod, 19 February 2010).

The actor David Suchet, whose appearances as Hercule Poirot are often repeated on television, but who is also well known as an adult convert to the Christian faith, is among the CBEs (for services to drama), as is Sheila Hancock, who is a Quaker (Back page interview, 18 December 2009).

So are the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin Wharton, for services to the C of E and the com­munity in the North-East; Rabbi Tony Bayfield, an occasional con­tributor to the Church Times (services to British Reform Judaism); and Howard Goodall, the composer and former chorister who is the National Ambassador for Singing (services to music education).

Two cathedral benefactors have been honoured with CBEs. Dr David Wilson, an Hon. Lay Canon of Leicester Cathedral, funded the building of the Visitor Centre, and gave substantial funding for the St Martin’s House refurbishment (ser­vices to young people). Hamish Ogston, non-executive director of the CCP Group plc, gave £2 million to the York Minster Revealed appeal (services to business and to the community in York).

OBEs include those for: Mgr John Devine, a Roman Catholic priest who has been the North-West Churches’ Officer (for services to interfaith relations in the North-West), and the Ven. Michael Ipgrave, who was the Interfaith Relations Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council and secretary of the Churches’ Com­mission on Interfaith Relations, before he became Archdeacon of Southwark in 2004 (for services to interfaith relations in London); John Keast, the former National Govern­ment Adviser on Religious Educa­tion (services to education); and Colin Menzies, secretary to the Corporation of the Church House since 1990, and treasurer of the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy since 2005.

Also awarded OBEs are Neville Nagler, formerly Director-General of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (services to interfaith relations and to Jewish people); and Canon Andrew Wingate, the recently retired Director of Interfaith Rela­tions in Leicester diocese, and founding Director of the St Philip’s Centre, Leicester (services to inter­faith relations and to the community in Leicester).

Among the MBEs are the com­poser Betty Roe (Roe-Bishop), who was 80 last year (Arts, 30 July 2010) (services to classical music and to composition); the Revd Margaret Fletcher, formerly NSM in Thurstas­ton, and Vicar of Thornton-le-Moors with Ince and Elton, in Cheshire (Real Life, 1 October 2010) (for services to the community in Thurstaston and in Irby, Wirral); Pauline Foster, a retired head­mistress, parish-council chairman, and churchwarden of St Mary’s, Thixendale, N. Yorks (for services to the community in Thixendale).

Also: the Revd Ian Gamble of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Depart­ment, Territorial Army; Catherine Green­lees of Preston, Lancashire, for ser­vices to Christian Aid; the Revd (Sqn Ldr) Ruth Hake and the Revd (Sqn Ldr) Edward Wynn, Royal Air Force chaplains; Claire and Joel Harri, from Cambridge, a couple who were working for Crosslinks in Osh, Kygyzstan, when the conflict broke out last year, and helped to evacuate expatriates and other refugees; Tom Hewitt, chief execu­tive and co-founder of Umthombo Street Chil­dren, Durban, South Africa (for services to child welfare in Africa); John Lancaster, trustee of Sparrow Ministries, South Africa, for services to the victims of HIV/AIDS in south Africa; and the Revd Andrew Thomp­son, formerly Chaplain of St Paul’s, Ahmadi, in Kuwait, for services to human rights and pro­moting interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

There are MBEs, too, for Rodney Thomas, chairman of the governors of Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Ramsgate (voluntary service to education); and Canon Pamela Wise, who chairs the trustees of the Ascend Project, which works to counter social deprivation in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire (services to the community there).

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