Queen recognises contribution of local senior citizens in ancient Maundy Thursday service
Four people from the Diocese of Winchester have met Her Majesty The Queen and been awarded ceremonial ‘Maundy Money’ in recognition of their years of service to the Church and their local area.
The Queen marked Maundy Thursday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor by distributing ceremonial coins as part of a tradition dating back to the 13th century. The ceremony is inspired by the biblical account of the day before Good Friday, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and commanded them to ‘Love one another’.
The recipients of Maundy Money are older men and women, recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations for the Christian service they have given throughout their lives to the Churches and the communities. The award is distributed to 91 men and 91 women from across the country - representing each of The Queen’s 92 years.
The four recipients from the Diocese of Winchester were Anita Clark (81) from Winchester,
Peter Moore (88) from Odiham, Rev Pat Brown (80) from Tadley outside Basingstoke, and Mike Cranston (71) from Southampton.
Anita Clark was recognised by The Queen for her 40 years of service to charitable and social work in the Hampshire community. Her remarkable selflessness has seen her care for over 30 foster children, many with significant disabilities, set up the Breast Cancer group in Winchester, fundraise for cancer charities and subsequently become a Vice President of Hampshire’s leading homeless charity.
Peter Moore was given the award for his contribution to the Christian life of Odiham, especially his teaching of the bible. He celebrated his 40th anniversary as a Reader last November and the assemblies he takes in local schools are extremely popular with young children. Peter has a phenomenal knowledge of the bible, especially the Old Testament and is still preaching regularly. He is a popular speaker whose sermons are nuanced, full of interesting information and reflect his deep faith.
Reverend Mrs Pat Brown was a teacher at Tadley County Primary School for most of her working life, where she was well respected and much loved by pupils and staff. She has played a large part in her church's work with young people, running after school clubs and all age worship, as well as Sunday School. She was a churchwarden and later PCC secretary for 10 years before ordination, she continues to play a full role in ministry and in the local community.
Mike Cranston discovered his Christian faith in his teenage years and has been actively involved in the Church ever since. He became a Licensed Lay Minister at 25 and was part of Christian music group The Gospel Folk, who appeared on BBC radio in the 1960s. He has made a greatly valued contribution not only in his local parish of Bitterne, but also to the YMCA, for whom he is a trustee of the Fairthorne Group.
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:
“I’m very pleased that Anita, Peter, Pat and Mike have been deservedly recognised by the Queen for the enormous contributions that they have made to their local communities and the life of the Church. The voluntary service of Christians across the diocese is a wonderful gift and it is right that we show how much we value the time, commitment and wisdom that they have given.”