24th Oct, 2016

Pershore volunteer honoured with top award

Aaron Wise 27th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DEDICATED Pershore volunteer will be awarded the prestigious Wulfstan Cross in recognition for his ongoing loyal commitment to the church.

The Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge has announced Peter Seward will be this year’s recipient of the Wulfstan Cross, an award which pays tribute to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the church in the Diocese of Worcester.

Mr Seward has worked in various roles since 1989 after retiring as a chartered accountant and tax partner at Arthur Andersen, such as serving on the Diocesan Resources Board, the audit committee, as Chairman of the Investment and Glebe Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

These roles have meant that he’s been involved with both deanery and diocesan synod as well as Bishop’s Council, and honorary treasurer of the Three Choirs Festival from 1972 until last year.

Mr Seward worships at Little Comberton Church, where he was churchwarden for around ten years and continues to be a member of the Parochial Church Council.

Adding to his long list of credible positions, Mr Seward spent 23 years as Worcestershire County Cricket Club honorary treasurer, before taking the role of President for a further two years.

“This is a very well deserved honour for someone who has given stalwart service to the diocese of Worcester over very many years,” said Bishop John.

“The Wulfstan Cross was established to thank those who have given an exemplary service in the diocese and there’s no doubt that Peter meets this criterion.

“Peter’s financial expertise has been invaluable to the Diocesan Board of Finance and I will be delighted to present this award to him,” he added.

Mr Seward said: “I am very humbled to have been awarded the Wulfstan Cross. I’m sure there are many more worthy people than me but I’ve done my best in the roles I’ve taken on.

“Over the years I’ve met a lot of lovely people that I wouldn’t otherwise have met and have enjoyed doing things for the benefit of the church in the diocese.

“It’s been great to have been so involved in helping with the accounts and budgeting for the Diocesan Board of Finance. I have been helped and supported by Stephen Lindler, Marion and other staff at the diocesan office.”

The award will be given to Peter during a service at Worcester Cathedral in September.