Shilbottle churchwarden and organist receives Royal Maundy


Lilian Hume's day at York MinsterA long-serving churchwarden and organist from Shilbottle received the Royal Maundy from Her Majesty the Queen at York Minster on Maundy Thursday. 

Mrs Lilian Hume has served as churchwarden at St James' parish church, Shilbottle, for over thirty years; she's been a member of the church council for over sixty years, and has been organist at St James' for sixty-seven years since her appointment in 1945. 

She was nominated to receive the Royal Maundy by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Martin Wharton. 

"I feel very honoured to be chosen," said Mrs Hume. 

"It was a total surprise when the Bishop rang in November." 

"I said, why me? And he said, why not? I feel very humble." 

The Bishop of Newcastle said, "Lilian's is an outstanding record of service, dedication and faithfulness to the life and community of Shilbottle, expressed through the Parish Church. 

"Lilian is not the sort of person to make a great deal of her achievements and her contribution to the life of the village, so I am delighted that she's been selected to represent the Diocese of Newcastle at this year's Royal Maundy." 

Born in Shilbottle, Mrs Hume's father was a long-serving churchwarden at St James and she remembers going there from the age of about four. 

"We've always been involved at St James. I feel I'm part of it." 

To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year the 86 men and 86 women receiving the Royal Maundy include representatives of all the countries of the United Kingdom and all the dioceses of the Church of England. 

The Queen presented Mrs Hume with a red purse containing a £5 coin commemorating the Diamond Jubilee, and a 50p coin, and a white purse containing uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the form of silver one, two, three and four penny pieces, the sum of which equals the number of years the Monarch has years of age. This year there are 86 pennies worth distributed. All the coins are newly minted this year. 

Mrs Hume travelled to York the day before the Royal Maundy service with her family, and her daughter was her companion at the service.




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