Outstanding service leads to an honour

By Tim Clarke 06/04 Updated: 11/04 19:08

Buy photos » Wulfstan Cross recipient John Bailey (centre) with headteacher Julie Farr and Bishop John at the unveiling of an art gallery named in his honour. (s)

A CHAIR of governors has been honoured for his outstanding service to a Worcester school and the Church.

John Bailey has become only the second recipient of the Wulfstan Cross, which recognises people who have made an exceptional contribution to the life of the Church in the Diocese of Worcester.

The award was presented to Mr Bailey by the Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge at Bishop Perowne CE College, before the school unveiled a new art gallery named in his honour.

Mr Bailey has served for ten years as the Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the care of Church buildings (DAC), is a tour guide at the Cathedral and has been a governor at Bishop Perowne for the past two decades.

He has long held a passion for church buildings and architecture and has worked for the DAC both in Worcester and also in the Diocese of Leicester, where he was Diocesan Secretary from 1979 to 1990.

Mr Bailey said: “I am completely overwhelmed by this honour. I have loved every minute of the work I have done for both the Church and Bishop Perowne and gave up my time because I enjoyed doing it. There have been too many highlights to mention, but it’s the people that I’ve worked with that have really made the work so much fun."

Bishop John said he was a very worthy recipient of the Wulfstan Cross, which is named after the 11th Century Bishop of Worcester. "He has made an immensely significant contribution to the life of the Diocese of Worcester and to the communities of the diocese. He is well known not only for his commitment to the welfare of others but also for his grace and godliness. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude," he added.

School headteacher Julie Farr said Mr Bailey characterised all that was best about Bishop Perowne.

"John is a true gentleman with his impeccable manners, kindness and selflessness - he has been a role model to us all," she added.

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