Derbyshire trio honoured with Bishop of Derby’s Badge for services to their communities

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Three north Derbyshire men have been honoured by the Bishop of Derby for their services to the community in a special ceremony.

The men received the Bishop’s Badge from the Right Rev Dr Alastair Redfern in recognition of their outstanding services to churches in the area.

Frank Holmes, 70, of Woodland Grove, Old Tupton, was presented with the award for his contribution to church music and organ playing over many years.

The retired music teacher has been playing at church services in the area since the age of 16 and still plays to this day at churches in Shirland, Pentrich and Swanwick.

Frank said he was very pleased by the badge.

“I was very surprised,” he added. “But it’s nice to have a few surprises.

“I do it because I have the skills and organists are in very short supply these days and luckily I am quite fit and well for someone of my age.”

Also in receipt of the honour at the special service for family and friends at Derby Cathedral was Ian Judson, of Killamarsh.

His badge came in recognition of his work to bring new life to St Giles’ Church through his inspirational artwork.

The dedicated artist helps run a weekly art in the community group which provides a positive environment for people to engage with each other.

And finally, Alfreton’s John Turner has been honoured for his dedication to driving forward improvements to the facilities at St James’ Church, Riddings.

Along with his wife, Jeanette, he has been involved with the church for almost ten years, helping to draw up plans for the new kitchen facilities. The Rev Frank Mercurio said: “I am extremely grateful for John’s perseverance, interest and dedication to this project.”