The Queen gives out Maundy Money at St George's Chapel Windsor. (Picture: St Georges-windsor.org)

Four remarkable volunteers from the Diocese of Durham are being recognised for their outstanding community service by being invited to the Royal Maundy Service to receive Maundy Money from Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Thursday 29th March 2018.

Those receiving the Maundy Money are:

  • Mrs Anne Goodman from St Michael & All Angels Houghton le Spring where She has run the St Michael’s Toddlers Group for 50 years, served on Deanery Synod for 20 years, served for nearly 20 years as a director of DFW Adoption and ran the Coalfields Area Refugee and Asylum Seekers support group for 15 years. Anne has been on the Kepier Hall management team for over 40 years. She is a woman of great faith and vision. Anne is in her 80s

  • Mrs Margot Inglis has been a member of Stockton Town Pastor Patrol – going out twice monthly – for six years. She attends Tees Valley Community Church and has been very active there. Until recently she also volunteered with A Way Out. Margot is in her 80s

  • Mr Bill Ford from St Gabriel’s in Sunderland used to be a police officer in Sunderland – everybody knows him. He is a great Christian role model to many generations. He is now in his 90s and still actively involved in his parish church.

  • Mr Dick Thorndyke is a retired headteacher who has contributed a great deal to the community through his work with the Diocesan Board of Education, as a governor of several schools, and as the Lay Chair of Wearmouth Deanery.

The Maundy Thursday service is an annual ceremony, which dates back to the 1200s when it was customary at Easter time for the reigning monarch to give out Maundy Money to those in need. In modern times the presentation takes place in recognition of the service of elderly people to their community and their church. The service takes place at a different venue each year. Beneficiaries are usually chosen from the local area and are made up of those who have made outstanding contributions. As in 2016, the Maundy service will be held in St George’s Chapel Windsor 92 recipients (92 men & 92 women) were are drawn from across the whole of the realm; this is because since the 15th century the number of recipients has been related to the years of the Sovereign’s life.

Commenting on the announcement The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said: “I am delighted that Her Majesty The Queen in her 92nd Birthday year has chosen to recognise these outstanding individuals. The amazing work that Anne, Margot, Bill and Dick do and the way that they do it in our communities in blessing them for the transformation of us all is simply outstanding.

“Each recipient has made a significant and lasting difference to their communities through their voluntary service and I am thrilled that the Queen’s award of Maundy Money recognises this vital contribution.”