AMONG the great and the good who will be presented with Maundy money by the Queen in York Minster next month are an 86-year-old church clock-winder and a former verger who almost binned his invitation because he thought someone was “playing a joke” on him.
Eighty-six men and 86 women have been invited to receive the Maundy money in the Queen’s 86th year, at York Minster, on 5 April.
They include Frank Dean, who maintained the clock of St Mary’s, Church Fenton, near Tadcaster, for a quarter of a century — and, indeed, used to wind it up every week until he and his late wife, Heather, raised £6000 to get it electrified.
“Heather was also a churchwarden for 36 years, and so I will view the Maundy money as much as a recognition of her work as mine,” Mr Dean said.
A former verger at three York churches will also receive Maundy money from the Queen next month — but only just. David Brown, aged 71, of Marygate, York, said that he almost threw his invitation in the bin when it arrived in the post.
“I thought somebody was messing me about at first,” he said. “When I realised it was genuine, I was gobsmacked”. Mr Brown was nominated by the Rector of Holy Trinity, Micklegate, the Ven. Richard Seed, who is also the Archdeacon of York, for his work at Holy Trinity, St Martin cum Gregory — now redundant — and St Mary’s, Bishophill, in the city of York.
Recipients of Maundy money from York diocese will be joined by others from all over the UK at the Minster as the city celebrates not only the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but also the 800th anniversary of its being granted a Royal charter by King John.