Wendy receives the Wulfstan CrossThe Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge has presented Wendy Tranter, longstanding member of St Mary’s Church in Oldswinford, Stourbridge, with the Cross of St. Wulfstan, an award that pays tribute to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the Church in the Diocese of Worcester.

Wendy was confirmed in the Church of England aged 13 and has played an active role in the church ever since, celebrating her 90th birthday last year. She has served in the choir for 38 years, ran the Sunday School for 66 years and recently organised her 50th Christingle service for the Children’s Society. Wendy was also the first woman to hold an office at St Mary’s Church, serving as PCC Secretary for 25 years. She still takes communion to local nursing homes.

Wendy said: “I felt very humbled to receive the letter from Bishop John saying that I was to be awarded the St. Wulfstan Cross and it’s all been a little overwhelming. It has been one of my greatest joys to work for God in his Church throughout my life.”

Bishop John said: “Wendy’s witness and ministry has been and continues to exceptional. I was delighted to give her this award in thanksgiving for the service and inspiration she has given and the way in which her commitment to the Lord Jesus has touched lives for good and for God.”

Wendy in the serviceChurchwarden of St Mary’s Church in Oldswinford, Tony Tatford, was involved in recommending that Wendy should be honoured for her service to the church. He said: “2018 was the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Society’s Christingle services and our service in December was the 50th that Wendy had organised. We wanted to recognise the work she has done in our church – Wendy has looked after our children as well as many others and has always been there!”

The award was presented to Wendy during a special evensong in the Cathedral for St. Wulfstan’s Day on Saturday.

St. Wulfstan/ Wulstan lived c. 1008 - 1095. He served as Bishop of Worcester under the last two Saxon kings and the first two Norman kings. After the Norman Conquest he was responsible for the dismantling of the old Saxon cathedral and the building of a new one, of which the crypt is the main part still surviving today. He was at once venerated as a saint by the people of Worcester, though he was not formally canonized until 1203. Alongside the tomb of St. Oswald, his shrine was a place of pilgrimage until the Reformation.Wulfstan found a special place in local people's affections. He took his pastoral duties very seriously, caring for the poor and preaching widely. He was famed for his healing and prophetic abilities. He even preached against the slave trade in Bristol, then part of his Diocese, and thankfully managed to end this practise for a long while.

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk