Doncaster pensioners receive right Royal thank you

John Bunting, 88, who has been chosen to receive maundy money from the queen when she visits Sheffield Cathedral in April for his work with the church in Kirk Sandal. John is blind, and also a member of the Blind Veterans.
John Bunting, 88, who has been chosen to receive maundy money from the queen when she visits Sheffield Cathedral in April for his work with the church in Kirk Sandal. John is blind, and also a member of the Blind Veterans.
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Deserving Doncaster pensioners who have been devoted to their communities for decades have been given a Royal thank you.

Among the 89 women and 89 men from across the region who were honoured by receiving Royal Maundy money from the Queen at Sheffield Cathedral was June Jordan.

June Jordan, 82, received Maundy money from the Queen at Sheffield Cathedral on Maundy Thursday.

June Jordan, 82, received Maundy money from the Queen at Sheffield Cathedral on Maundy Thursday.

The 82-year-old, of Wordsworth Avenue, Campsall, called the day a ‘wonderful experience’.

The mother-of-three and grandmother-of-six has been involved with the Parish Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Campsall for more than half a century.

The parishioner has also offered her services as a parish clerk at a number of churches across the borough.

And at the Maundy Thursday service, June’s hard work was recognised by the Queen and the people of South Yorkshire at the traditional service.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 2nd April 2015.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 2nd April 2015.

June who attended with her daughter, Lynda Hughes, aged 60, said: “We were all made to feel so special.

“They reserved a special tram for us because of the streets being closed,

“I felt so honoured to meet the Queen. She has such a lovely smile and when she gave us the Maundy money you could tell it was special for her too.

“I still don’t know who it was that nominated me, but I feel so grateful they did.”

Each recipient was given a red purse and a white purse. The red purse contained a £5 coin, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, and a 50p coin, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Batle of Britain, both minted in 2015. The money represents £3 for clothing, £1.50 ‘in lieu of provisions’ and £1 for ‘the redemption of the Sovereign’s gown’. The white purse contained specially minted Maundy Money – one, two, three and four silver penny pieces totalling 89 pennies for the Queen’s age.

Former serviceman John Bunting was also honoured to receive Royal Maundy.

John, a member of the Blind Veterans who helped to repair bomb damage in London following World War II, has volunteered for The Church of the Good Shepherd, Kirk Sandall, since he was just 15.

The 88-year-old worked there as a church warden for 15 years and helped build the adjoining Canon Popham CofE Primary School, where he also assumed the role of governor for about 30 years.

The Reverend Mary Gregory, from the church, who nominated John, said she was pleased his service to his community had been honoured.

She said: “John is a very unassuming man who has served his country and his community all his life and I thought that should be recognised.”

John, who said he was ‘flabbergasted’ when he first received the letter from Buckingham Palace, said he really enjoyed the day.

John, of Rokeby Gardens, Kirk Sandall, said: “It was such an honour to have been chosen and I felt very special. I never thought I would get to meet the Queen. My family are all incredibly proud of me. The Royal Maundy will now be passed down my family as an heirloom.”