Six Honoured for Outstanding Service

by Michael Ford last modified 25 May, 2012 11:12 PM

The Bishop of Salisbury will award a number of St Aldhelm Crosses during the 5.30pm Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral on Friday 25 May.

Six Honoured for Outstanding Service

The St Aldhelm Cross

Recipients include Mr Jim Wilson, Mr John Wolfe-Barry, Mr David Lilley, Mrs Betty Sutcliffe, Mr Richard Trahair and Lady Gooch.

The St Aldhelm Cross, an award created in 2005, is an engraved silver lapel cross given to lay people (non-ordained) who are nominated in recognition of their outstanding contributions to church life in the Diocese over a number of years.

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said, “We treasure those who selflessly give their gifts, time and efforts way beyond the call of duty. Without their contributions, our Diocese would be a poorer place, and so these awards are richly deserved as a token of thanks from the whole Diocese.”

Mr Jim Wilson has been nominated for his commitment across many years as Deanery Treasurer of Dorchester; for being one of the original members of the Sherborne Area Stewardship Group, helping a number of parishes in need of assistance; and in serving his own church as treasurer, in its new room project and its restoration.

Mr John Wolfe-Barry has contributed significantly in a number of areas: as treasurer for Pewsey PCC since 1992 and Pewsey Deanery since 1999; as Diocesan Synod member since 1999; establishing the Ramsbury Area Stewardship and Resources Group; and as a member of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

Mr David Lilley has served Sarum St Martin as a church warden and in other roles since 1976; has run the “stamps for Sudan” scheme since 1987, which to date has raised over £30,000; and has principally been nominated on account of his management of the Feed the Minds bookstall for many years, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for overseas mission and education in the poorest and most war-torn parts of the world.

Mrs Betty Sutcliffe has been nominated on account of her outstanding contribution to the Weymouth and Portland Deanery, especially as Lay Chair; as a very able and committed member of the Sherborne Area Stewardship Group, helping and guiding a number of needy parishes; and as a committed member of Diocesan Synod.

Mr Richard Trahair has been nominated on account of his outstanding dedication to the clergy of the Diocese through his work in the Property Department over 31 years, and also because of his commitment to the wider community through service as Justice of the Peace.

Lady Gooch has been nominated on account of the numerous responsibilities she has enthusiastically and effectively undertaken within the Diocese and the wider community. These include being the Lay Chairman of Stonehenge Deanery since 1998 and Treasurer since 2010; a member of Diocesan Synod since 1991; a member of the Sarum Property Committee, and Mission and Pastoral Committee; and also on account of her significant responsibilities with Army welfare and benevolent charities.


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