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Bishop Christopher awards Lancelot Andrewes medals

3 weeks, 6 days ago

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has awarded Lancelot Andrewes medals to people from across the Diocese who have given distinguished service during the pandemic. Those presented with the medals at the Choral Evensong to commemorate Bishop Lancelot Andrewes on Sunday 27 September were: Mark Charlton, the Diocesan Director of IT, who facilitated online services for the Cathedral; The Revd Andrew Dovey, Senior Chaplain, Croydon University Hospital and The Revd Stanley Njoka, Lead Chaplain, East Surrey Hospital, for their service on the front line during the pandemic; The Revd David Adamson, Curate at St George the Martyr and St Hugh’s Southwark and Southwark Cathedral, for his work on the food project at St George the Martyr; and The Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and The Revd Canon Wendy S Robins, who worked with Bishop Christopher on the Coronavirus Task Group. (The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, who was the fifth member of the Coronavirus Task Group, had previously been awarded a medal by Bishop Christopher for his work following the London Bridge attack in 2018.)

Bishop Christopher has also awarded medals to The Revd Abimbola Adamolekun and the Revd Joshua Rey for their work during the pandemic. Bola was Chaplain at HMP Wandsworth during the pandemic and has just moved to join the Chaplaincy Team at HMP Brixton. The Revd Joshua Rey was until recently Chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark; he was honoured for his support to Bishop Christopher and for facilitating online services from the Chapel at Bishop’s House during lockdown. Joshua will be instituted as vicar of Holy Trinity, Roehampton on Tuesday 29 September and the Bishop will present him with his medal then; the Bishop will present Bola with her medal when he next visits HMP Brixton.

Speaking of the award, Bishop Christopher said: “The Lancelot Andrewes medal is in my personal gift and I have awarded them initially to those who have worked closely with me or on the front line during the pandemic. They are given as a token of my personal esteem and appreciation. In the coming weeks and months I shall be making further awards to mark the heroic work undertaken around the Diocese as we rise to the challenges presented by the pandemic.”