New Year Honour for Diocese Support Minister
Congratulations to our Community Partnership and Funding Officer Wendy Coombey whose work has been recognised by the Queen.
Wendy has been awarded an MBE for services to churches in the New Year’s Honours list.
Speaking about the award Wendy said: “I’m moved that my friends and colleagues have put me forward to receive this award.
“To be recognised by them means so much, but I couldn’t do my work in isolation, so I see this as recognition for all the volunteers, the communities across Herefordshire and South Shropshire, all the PCC’s and Christian communities that work so hard to look after their Church buildings, or serve the people in their villages and towns across the Diocese.
“This MBE is recognition of all their hard work and dedication, and I will always be grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with them over the past 16 years.”
The Community Partnership and Funding Initiative started in Hereford Diocese in September 2001.
The aim of the initiative is to support parishes with any work or activities carried out with the wider community.
In rural areas the church is at the heart of community, not only through the physical presence of a building, but by being the spiritual focal point and depository of the history and culture of an area.
The church is concerned with the whole community - not just the worshipping one, and where there is an opportunity to serve or support the local people within a parish.
Commenting on the award the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said: “I am absolutely delighted that Wendy Coombey has been awarded an MBE.
“She has made an enormous contribution to the life of many of our rural churches and communities.”
Further details of the work being done by Wendy in Community Partnership and Funding can be found at: https://www.hereford.anglican.org/community-partnership/
Images of Wendy Coombey can be found on this drop box link: http://bit.ly/2CPwaHF