Party held to celebrate Maundy money receivers

Party held to celebrate Maundy money receivers

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Daniel Darlington

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Party held to celebrate Maundy money receivers

A surprise afternoon tea party was held to celebrate two church goers being honoured with Maundy money from the Queen.

Ena Jones, from All Saints Church in Maidenhead, and Eric Widdicombe, a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cox Green, received pouches with silver coins from the Queen at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on March 28.

An afternoon tea with cakes, scones and sandwiches, took place at All Saint's Church on Friday.

Ena has been a member of the church for many years and runs its Mother's Union club.

"I had a wonderful time," said Ena, 88.

"I was just so astonished and when I arrived there was this humongous clapping that never seemed to stop."

"Ena's a stalwart of the church," said Brigitte Ranger, who organised the party.

"She's is such a lovely person, always there for everybody, and is very genuine."

Brigitte said Ena, the wife of the former vicar of St Peter's Church Kenneth Jones, was 'chuffed to bits' that people had organised a surprise party for her and Eric. More than 50 people attended.

Rev Joan Hicks from the Church of the Good Shepherd, added: "We are absolutely thrilled that Eric was chosen to receive the Maundy money.

"We put forward Eric and his wife Meg for the honour and see this as a recognition of the huge contribution both has made to our church and the local community in so many different ways."

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