A PRIEST who provided counselling and support services to police
officers during the Tottenham riots in 2011 has been appointed MBE
in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the Tottenham
He is the Revd John Wood, who has been Vicar of
St Ann's, Tottenham, for 20 years. During this time, he has built
up "substantial community and youth engagement networks", including
chaplaincy services for Haringey Police, and St Ann's Hospital
(Features, 3 August 2012).
"Tottenham has, at times, struggled with its reputation in the
media," he said; "so I'll be delighted if the award becomes a story
not about me, but the many talented and committed people both in
the church and the community."
The director of Changing Attitude, the Revd Colin
Coward, was also appointed MBE. The group, which campaigns
for "the day when the Anglican Church fully accepts, welcomes, and
offers equality of opportunity to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgendered people", welcomed the award.
Also appointed MBE was Canon Charles Dobbin,
Vicar of Moor Allerton, Leeds, and interfaith relations officer for
the new diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, for services to
community cohesion. "On top of his parish responsibilities, Charles
Dobbin works hard to relate to all religious groups, setting up new
and imaginative initiatives to develop links across communities,"
the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, said.
Sarah Thorley, a member of the South London
Inter-Faith Group, was appointed MBE for services to interfaith
relations in South London.
The Revd Shuna Body, an NSM who serves
Brookland, Fairfield, Brenzett with Snargate and Lydd, in Romney
Marsh, Kent, and who chairs the British Disabled Fencing
Association, has been appointed MBE for services to wheelchair
The Revd Paul Cowley, Assistant Curate of St
Paul's, Onslow Square, with St Augustine's, Queen's Gate, London,
now a Holy Trinity, Brompton, church-plant, has been appointed MBE
for services to ex-offenders. Expelled from school at 15, he lived
on the streets, turned to crime, and was sentenced to prison. After
serving in the Army, he completed an Alpha course, experienced a
conversion, and began working in prison ministry. Ordained in 2002,
he now leads a team whose work includes Alpha for Prisons, Caring
for Ex-Offenders, Alpha for Forces, and the William Wilberforce
Alan Wilkinson, the co-founder of Music in
Country Churches, has been appointed MBE, for services to music,
and for charitable services; and Margaret Fulford,
a former Mothers' Union president in Birmingham diocese, received
the same honour for services to the MU and to the community in
Knowle, West Midlands.
Also appointed MBE was Sally Badham, the former
president of the Church Monuments Society, for services to the
conservation of church monuments. Harriet Devlin
was appointed MBE for services to heritage and the historic
environment. Ms Devlin runs the University of Birmingham's Historic
Environment Conservation postgraduate course in Telford, and
completed the conservation of a Welsh Nonconformist chapel.
The work of Gordon Lee, a musician who founded
the Malachi Community Trust in Birmingham, which supports children
affected by family breakdown, has been recognised with an OBE.
Honours for people involved in education included an OBE for
Cherry Edwards, the head teacher of Bourne Abbey C
of E Primary Academy, Bourne, near Sleaford,in Lincolnshire, and
MBEs for Christine Eyden, a former teacherat
Charlton C of E Primary School, Dover; Emlyn
Roberts, a local education authority leader and former
headteacher of Oakmeadow C of E Primary and Nursery School, Bayston
Hill, Shrewsbury; Teresa Jane Sandison, director
of lifelong learning and staff development at the University of
Winchester, for services to higher education; Patricia
Scott, head teacher of St Luke's High School, East
Renfrewshire; and David Yates, a volunteer at
Church Lench C of E First School, Evesham, Worcestershire.
A BEM was awarded to Rose Marie Milton, the
child and family liaison officer at St Mary's C of E Primary
School, East Folkstone.
A former Vicar of St John's, Ben Rhydding, near Ilkley,
the Revd Brian Gregory, was awarded the BEM for
his work as founder and chairman of the Friendship Foundation,
which supports disadvantaged people in Romania.
BEMs were also awarded to Patricia Britton, who
has run a pensioners' lunch club at St Anne's, Bristol, for 30
years; Carol Evans, for voluntary and charitable
services to Christian Aid, and to the community in Porthcawl,
Bridgend; and Peter Reeder, a retired pig-breeder,
for services to agriculture and the community in South Lopham,
Norfolk, where he has lived all his life. His contribution includes
being a churchwarden for 40 years.
Honours in the Queen's personal gift include MVOs for
David Baldwin, RVM, Serjeant of the Vestry at the
Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, an authority on the chapel's
history; and Philip Berg, Master of the Music at
the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy since 1994.