Special order for cathedral’s faithful three

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THREE people have been recognised for their work for St Edmundsbury Cathedral by receiving the Order of St Edmund.

The order, instigated in 2001, is made to those who have made special contributions to the life of the cathedral.

On Sunday it was conferred on the Very Rev James Atwell, former cathedral Dean and now Dean of Winchester, who received the order for his vision for the new Millennium tower for the cathedral. He was Dean from 1995 until 2006 and at the helm during the multi-million-pound build of the cathedral tower.

Paul Collard, from Fornham All Saints, is the cathedral shop manager for the last six years. He has long been involved in cathedral life, having been baptised there, serving as a chorister and for 15 years was head server.

He set up the cathedral youth club where he met his wife Teresa and they married at the cathedral.

The third recipient of the order was Jill Ganzoni a long-standing member of the Friends of St Edmundsbury Cathedral who was unable to attend owing to ill health. She has been particularly supportive of the cathedral’s work with children and young people. Eight orders have now been made.

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, who granted the awards said: “It is a very real delight that we have the opportunity as a diocese and cathedral to recognise all that these three very faithful people have given in service to our church.”

The Thames Phil-harmonic Choir sang at both services and a community picnic was staged in the cathedral grounds.

The day was also a celebration of the feast day of St James, the patronal saint of the cathedral.