New members admitted to the Company of St Kyneburga

Published: Tuesday June 18, 2024
Fourteen of the eighteen members pictured together in the Cathedral at the awards night
Photo credit: Clive Barzillia

18 people have been honoured for their long service this week and commitment to the Church of England in the Diocese of Gloucester by being appointed to the Company of St Kyneburga.

The Company was first created in 2013 and consists of individuals who have notably served the Diocese of Gloucester. Members of the Company are nominated by area deans, diocesan officers and many other people.

The new members were admitted to the Company by Bishop Robert and received their badge of membership at a service in the Cathedral.

The new members were presented with their badge of membership during a ceremony held at the Cathedral on Monday 17 June.

Wendy Williams from the Mid-Wyedean parish was one of the people to be admitted on Monday for her tireless work in combatting loneliness and isolation in her community.

She said: “I was so delighted to receive the Kyneburga award. I have been a part of the church all my life, from leading regular services for people with disabilities to leading a residential group for disabled children, where two residents were asked if they could be confirmed. I was the local minister for the Mustard Tree where one of the people in my group asked to be baptised. It has been such a rewarding time.”

The new members and their reasoning for joining the organisation are as follows:

Aileen Anderson 

Aileen has been involved in Cirencester Parish Church for many years, in every aspect of church and parish life. Her dedication spans all areas of administration, having undertaken most of the honorary positions on the PCC. Aileen currently serves as church and parish warden. She also assists in staffing the office on Mondays and with many of the parish’s printing needs. She is a real ambassador for the Church in the town, serving on a number of local organisations where she truly represents the voice of the parish.

Pete Bartlett

Pete will celebrate his 88th birthday this year. He grew up in Bibury, and began ringing the bells at the age of 14 under the tutelage of his father, who was tower captain. Pete’s family, including his father, brother, wife, and sister-in-law, were all ringers, but he is now the sole remaining ringer. A spokesperson from the parish said, “Pete is one of the gentlest of men, who has a faithful, godly presence. He serves uncomplainingly and fearlessly as a ringer and church committee member. He represents a generation that loves God and their community, and he has served the church humbly, graciously, and unceasingly all his life.”

Hugh Broad

Hugh celebrates 57 years of ordained ministry this year, much of it in this diocese where he has served as a parish priest in Matson and Whaddon. After a time with the Diocese of Europe, he returned with his wife Jackie to Gloucester in 2014. Since then, he has supported and encouraged his home parish in Quedgeley, and has supported and encouraged other benefices unstintingly in times of vacancy.

Chris Cannock

Chris moved to Cirencester in 1987. He has been the organist for Barnsley for thirty-four years, and continues as Senior Organist at Bibury with Winson and Barnsley. Chris plays across the South Cotswold Team for weddings and funerals, and takes particular care to welcome brides, grooms, and the bereaved, as these key events may be their only meaningful contact with the church. He served as Barnsley church treasurer for over twenty years, handling his responsibilities with unfailing graciousness. He is thoughtful, generous-spirited and accommodating. Nothing is too much trouble for him.

Roger Hester

Roger has been involved with Holy Trinity, Watermoor in the parish of Cirencester for many years, becoming a familiar and steadfast presence. Recently, he agreed to step up as churchwarden. He often works behind the scenes and has undertaken many duties, including serving as a sidesman and congregational committee member. He quietly encourages others to participate in church activities and holds a deep passion for Holy Trinity. A spokesman for the parish said, “He is one of those unsung heroes who quietly and faithfully gets the job done.”

Jennifer Hitchman

Jennifer joined the PCC of St James’s Church, Longborough, over 20 years ago. She became churchwarden four years later, and held the position for 16 years until she retired last year at 80 years old. She diligently supported the village Church of England school by arranging services for the children and their families, and annually presenting her shield to the kindest pupil. She continues to be involved with the church, helping the new churchwarden settle in. She is very compassionate and supports anyone in her village in times of grief, illness, worry, or need, often cooking meals for elderly people living alone.

Terry Hopegood

Terry has supported the work of the three churches in the Parish of Cirencester. As a qualified architect, he has significantly contributed to the parish by managing its various premises with expertise. He established a management scheme to anticipate the maintenance needs of the buildings, enabling the PCC to address fabric issues before they become major problems. His timely advice and sensible approach over the years has saved the parish considerable money, maximising the use of assets in the worship centres.  Now worshipping at St Lawrence, Terry continues to inspire others with his practical application of Christian commitment.

Gill Howell

Gill has served as the lone churchwarden at Upton St Leonard’s for many years. She also serves as a foundation governor at the primary school. She passionately loves and serves her local church and community. During the first lockdown, she inspired and organised villagers to clean and restore an old schoolroom across the road from the church. The project took nearly a year, resulting in a fully functional hall for both the church and the community. Gill shares Jesus’s love, welcome, and hospitality with everyone, especially those on the fringes of the church. Her love for Jesus and others shines through in all she says and does.

Mike Marshall

Mike began a lunch club in the village in 2019 from scratch, aiming to combat loneliness and provide a free meal to anyone who needed it. It has become a social heart of both the church community and the village, serving lunch to 25-35 people each Tuesday. He coordinates a team of Church Watch volunteers, who welcome visitors every day across the summer from March to October (a significant undertaking!), and he leads a churchyard maintenance team. All these are simply his current ministries, as he has been involved for decades in a variety of diverse roles, all done with his characteristic good-humoured and practical approach.

 Tony McFarlane

Tony has made significant contributions to the life of our diocese. Having immersed himself in his local church at Up Hatherley, including time as a churchwarden, he worked hard to maintain strong relationships, through dedication and personal commitment, to the wider Church. Some years ago, Tony joined the Bishop’s Working Party on Giving, and was part of the team which developed the Parish Giving Scheme. Since then, he joined and subsequently chaired the Houses Committee, Good and Faithful Servant, and the Glebe Committee.

Elaine Pike

Elaine has been a dedicated volunteer at Emmanuel Church in Cheltenham for over 50 years, serving in various official roles such as sacristan, assistant treasurer, and assistant churchwarden. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to maintain the church, tending to the garden, flowers and other tasks with the support of her husband, Harold. She also provides pastoral support, visiting many individuals in need. Known for her long-standing dedication, and her excellent memory of Emmanuel’s history, she has stewarded the church through numerous changes. She strongly supports the church’s mission, especially in its work with children and young people.

Fiona Price

Fiona has been the Dean’s Executive PA at Gloucester Cathedral for thirty years. She has looked after four Deans and has been an ambassador for the Cathedral when engaging with external partners. She works with extraordinary grace, joyfulness and commitment. She undertakes her many responsibilities with considerable professionalism and diplomacy, always going the extra mile and ensuring high quality work. Above all, Fi is a deeply relational colleague and is very personable. She is always providing consistent support for staff colleagues and volunteers.

Brian Reynolds

Brian has held the role of sacristan and verger for over 25 at St Mary’s Wotton under Edge. The sacristy is a place of beauty. All robes, vessels, linen and service sheets are cared for and stored meticulously. Nothing is ever forgotten or overlooked.

Liz Savage

Liz has been a lifelong member of St Peter’s, Minsterworth, and she is involved so many aspects of the church. She organises all the readers for services and ensures church news is published in the village magazine on time. She hosts a monthly whist drive, manages refreshments for visitors of the Severn Bore, and organises the church box collections and the 200 Club. She and her husband, Gerald, hosted an annual ‘Pop In’ fundraiser at their house for many years. She is a regular on the flower rota, helps with cleaning, and keeps the church looking well-loved. Her dedication to St Peter’s is unparalleled and Minsterworth would not be the same without her.

Jayne Seward

Jayne has been a member of St Matthew’s and The Minster in Cheltenham since 1987. She has performed almost every ministry at St Matthew’s and The Minster except for Rector. She led the children’s and families ministry from 1998 to 2023, initially as a volunteer and then for 20 years as a beloved member of the ministry team. Hundreds of people, both in the country and around the world, owe their faith to their time in Jayne’s Sunday Club, with many now serving in Christian ministry. Her contributions have been invaluable, and her dedication and service are richly deserving of recognition.

Jean Sheraton

Jean has been a dedicated worshiper at St Briavels for over 15 years alongside her husband, John. She trained to be a member of the Local Ministry Team under the Revd David Lawrence’s leadership. Jean serves as the long-standing PCC secretary, fulfilling her duties diligently and conscientiously. She actively contributes to Sunday worship through scripture readings and leading intercessions. She also spearheaded efforts to raise funds for the restoration of the church organ. Additionally, she volunteered at St Briavels V.A. School, assisting children with their reading for several years.

May Shurmer

May has served as churchwarden of St Lawrence for the past eight years. Now in her 80s, May, alongside her husband Brian, remains a stalwart supporter of both the parish and her family. She has shown incredible dedication and support to the clergy during times of vacancies and pastoral breakdowns. May’s unwavering commitment and resilience have been evident, demonstrating her deep faith and understanding of what it means to be a fruitful branch of Christ’s vine.

Wendy Williams

Wendy has been a dedicated member of what is now Mid-Wyedean Parish for almost 30 years, contributing significantly to parish life, particularly in mission and outreach activities, hospitality, crafts, creativity, and inclusion. She supports anyone facing struggles with mental health, finances, disability/access, and loneliness. She and her husband operated a business providing residential accommodation and accompanied holidays for adults with learning disabilities. She initiated The Purple Ladies social group, providing opportunities for friendship and companionship. She is a valued member of the community and a blessing to the parish.


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