Six new honorary Canons have been appointed at Worcester Cathedral in recognition of their work in both the Diocese and the wider Church.Appointments are made by the Bishop of Worcester in consultation with the Chapter of the Cathedral. Honorary Canons form a bridge between the diocese and the Cathedral and meet to reflect and advise on the life of the Cathedral. There are a limited number of posts – Lay Canons and clergy outside the diocese hold the position for a five-year period, while clergy from the diocese remain Canons while they serve in Worcestershire or Dudley.

Six new honorary canonsThe Honorary Canons installed in a service in the cathedral on 30 January were:

  • Wyn Beynon, Priest in Charge of the Wychebook parishes and Rural Dean of Droitwich
  • Doug Chaplin, Mission Development Officer and Director of Reader Training for the Diocese of Worcester
  • Hazel Charlton, Vicar of St Peter’s Church, Lapal in Halesowen and Dean of Women’s Ministry
  • Clare Griffiths, Chaplain to St Richard’s Hospice
  • David Hoskin, Rector of the Brierley Hill Team and Rural Dean of Kingswinford
  • Abbot Thomas OSB from Mucknell Abbey

Bishop John commented: “It is a great delight to be able to appoint these people who have given and continue to give outstanding service to the church in our diocese. They will be great ambassadors for the cathedral in the diocese and vice versa.”

Wyn Beynon Honorary CanonThe Revd Wyn Beynon said: “I first visited the Worcester Cathedral over 40 years ago when, on behalf of USPG, I delivered an exhibition of Indian paintings of Christ to be put on show. They had been on quite a journey and, in the intervening years, so have I! In the last few years I have been made to feel very much at home in the Diocese and Cathedral and so it’s a huge honour to be licensed as a Canon. The Cathedral, as the mother church of the Diocese, is a wonderful resource supporting the parishes in their local ministry and I hope in some small way that I can be a link back to show support to the Cathedral's ministry.”

Doug Chaplin Honorary CanonThe Revd Doug Chaplin said: “It was a real surprise to find Bishop John’s invitation on the mat when I returned from a period of study leave. This year will mark the 15th year since I took on the voluntary role of Director of Reader Training. I don’t know for sure what was in the Bishop’s mind when he decided to offer me this honour, but I see it an affirmation of that work, and the importance of supporting and equipping our lay ministers.”

Hazel Charlton Honorary CanonThe Revd Hazel Charlton said: “When I received the letter from Bishop John inviting me to become an Honorary Canon, it was a complete shock.It took a while for the content to sink in but I am humbled to be asked.In parish ministry you get on with day to day duties with those in your community, in my diocesan role I hopefully serve many more and now to have this connection with the Cathedral, it will be a pleasure to understand more of the people and visitors in this magnificent place.My experience is wide and varied and to be recognised for this is indeed an honour even though completely unexpected. Thank you.”

Clare Griffiths Honorary CanonThe Revd Clare Griffiths said: “It was a great honour and an immense surprise to receive an invitation letter from Bishop John. In fact, I checked it many times to ensure that it actually had my name on it! This is not just a personal recognition, but one for St Richard’s Hospice where I work as Lead Chaplain and for all clergy who are licensed to serve in chaplaincy positions, rather than in the more easily understood parochial roles. I look forward to creating further links with the Cathedral.”

David Hoskin Honorary CanonThe Revd David Hoskin said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed an Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral. After a curacy in Exeter Diocese I took up my first post in Kingswinford Deanery in 1998 and have stayed in the Deanery in various roles ever since, now serving as Rector of the Brierley Hill Team and Rural Dean. Through that time, I have much appreciated coming to worship in the Cathedral, particularly for the Chrism Eucharist with its invitation to renew those promises made first at ordination. A small charity administered by Christ Church, Quarry Bank has supported occasional educational trips to the Cathedral from schools within the parish, perhaps I’d better join the next one and learn more about the magnificent history of the place.”

Abbot Thomas Honorary CanonAbbot Thomas said: “The Community at Mucknell Abbey enjoys a warm relationship with the Cathedral, both in relation to Worcester’s past centuries as a Benedictine cathedral priory and in the links of friendship and mutual assistance today. I am honoured and delighted to become an Honorary Canon and look forward to supporting the life and ministry of the cathedral community, through prayer and the contribution of a monastic perspective.”

Honorary Canons are distinct from Residentiary Canons who are on the staff of the Cathedral.

See more photos from the installation service.


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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