THE retiring director of music at King’s College, Cambridge, Dr Stephen Cleobury CBE is among the churchpeople named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published last Friday. He is awarded a knighthood for services to choral music.
Dr Cleobury is due to retire in September after 37 years of service to the college and its choir, whose Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast annually on the BBC on Christmas Eve.
Others honoured for services to music include the composer Jonathan Dove; the tenor Mark Padmore, who is artistic director of the St Endellion Summer Festival; the retired director of music for the Royal British Legion, Captain David Cole MVO RM, appointed OBE (also for services to remembrance); and the choral director at Clifton RC Cathedral and music director of St Albans Chamber Choir, John Gibbons, awarded the BEM, as is Ernest Young, a conductor and choirmaster in Wideopen, Tyne and Wear, who has composed many works for church choirs.
The newly appointed Director of People at Church House, Westminster, Christine Hewitt-Dyer, is appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for public service for her work in the Department for Communities and Local Government. She was the human-resources director for People, Capability, and Change.
The author Joanna Trollope OBE is appointed CBE for services to literature.
A former director of the York Minster Fund (2007-16), Michael D’Arcy Benson, who helped to secure more than £10 million for the restoration, completed last month, of the cathedral’s 600-year-old great east window, is appointed MBE for services to the Minster. He led a joint campaign with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Other honours for services to heritage include OBEs for the chair of Historic England’s Places of Worship Forum, Dr Christopher Wakeling, and the president of the Church Monuments Society, Dr Jean Wilson. A former listing adviser at Historic England, Carole Ann Ryan, is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the historic environment, conservation, and cultural heritage.
Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout and an advocate of the Alpha Course, is appointed OBE for services to young people, the media, and charity. The Irish religious broadcaster Fr Brian D’Arcy CP is also appointed OBE, for service to cross-community relations.
Church-school leaders are among those whose services to education are recognised. The chair of the Multi Academy Trust, St Simon and St Jude’s C of E Primary School, Bolton, Narendra Solanki, is appointed MBE. There are BEMs for the associate head of Dr Triplett’s C of E Primary School, Pauline Byles (also for services to the community in London); and the chair of the governors of Curzon C of E Combined School, Buckinghamshire, Rhiannon Lawrence.
In the charity sector, there is knighthood (KCMG) for Clive Jones, former chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee. Chris Bain, the former director of CAFOD, is appointed CMG for services to international development and humanitarian work. Susan James and Carol Reed receive BEMs for services to the charity Save the Children.
BEMs are also awarded to the Revd Carol Avery, from Greenhithe, Kent, for services to the community; Ian Carter, for services to the Church and charity in Essex; Simon Harding, founder with his wife, Valerie, of Church Walks, for voluntary service to the community in Bury St Edmunds; Adriaan Van Zyl, churchwarden of St Andrew’s, Fulham, who leads the church’s homeless drop-in project, for services to the community in London; and the Force Chaplain for West Midlands Police, the Revd John Walter Butcher, for services to West Midlands Police and the community in Birmingham.
Interfaith work is also recognised. The chief executive of National Equality Standard, Arun Kumar Batra, is appointed an OBE for services to faith and integration in the public sector. The founder and director of Peace Mala, Pamela Evans, is appointed MBE for services to the promotion of peace and interfaith understanding, and the vice chairman of the Coventry Muslim Forum, Ghulam Mohammed Vohra, also MBE, for services to community cohesion.