A woman who has spent 60 years in service to her church is among this year’s recipients of the Queen’s Maundy gifts.
Doreen Fowler of Bretch Hill, Banbury will go to Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on Thursday, March 28 to join Her Majesty’s traditional Easter service and presentation.
Mrs Fowler, 82, was nominated as one of those chosen for the honour by the Bishop of Oxford in recognition of over six decades’ work and worship at St Mary’s Church, Banbury.
She is among 87 men and 87 female pensioners who will be given Maundy Money. The Queen will give each a white purse containing 87p in Maundy coins and a red purse contining a £5 coin and a 50p piece.
“I received a letter from Buckingham Palace saying that on that date, the Royal Maundy service will take place at Christ Church Cathedral and the Queen will distribute the Maundy gifts,” said Mrs Fowler.
“The Bishop of Oxford nominated me as one of those she will give a gift to. I am very excited about it.”
Mrs Fowler will be accompanied to the event by her eldest son, Peter, of King’s Sutton. She also has a daughter, Alison Flower and another son, Kenneth, who lives in the USA. She has six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one baby great, great grandson.
Mrs Flower said: “My mother is being given this honour because of all the work she has done for the community and the church.
“She was a nursing auxilliary at the Horton General Hospital for 32 years until she retired, aged 65 and she has attended St Mary’s every Sunday. She also acts as a steward to visitors and has done voluntary work cleaning the church and the brasses for many years.”
Since the fifteenth century, the number of Maundy coins handed out has corresponded to the Sovereign’s age.
This is the first time the service and ceremony has taken place at Christ Church.