Each year at Easter, on Maundy Thursday, Her Majesty the Queen presents special Maundy money to local pensioners in a UK cathedral or abbey in one of the Diocese in England or Scotland.
Exceptionally, for only the second time in her reign, the presentation in 2016 took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Thursday 24 March and was made to 90 men and 90 women throughout the Diocese of both Countries. One of the proud recipients was W Bro Richard Turpin OBE who said
We had a wonderful day and the presentation in the traditional Maundy Service was followed by an excellent reception in the State Apartments. I still don’t understand what I have done to deserve such a high honour which is given to ‘elderly’ men and women for services to the Church and their local community.
Each recipient is given two purses. The red one containing a £5 commemorative coin marking the Queen’s 90th Birthday and 50p coin marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The white one containing the specially minted silver Maundy coins (nine packets of 4,3,2 and 1p face value) totalling 90p to equate to the Queen’s age.
Our congratulations go to WBro Richard.