COMMUNITY stalwarts around the area met The Queen and received Maundy Money in recognition of their service to the church.

The Queen marked Maundy Thursday last week at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, by distributing ceremonial coins, as part of a tradition dating back to the 13th century.

Both Peter Moore, 88, from Odiham, and the Reverend Pat Brown, 80, from Tadley, were given one of the coins at the ceremony on March 29.

Peter celebrated 40 years of being a reader this year and gives assemblies to local children while Rev Brown, of St Paul’s Church, in The Green, has played a large part in the church’s work with young people, and was a churchwarden and PCC secretary for ten years before being ordained into the church.

She still continues to play a large role in ministry and the community.

Mike Cranston from Southampton and Anita Clark from Winchester also received the gesture.

The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said: “I’m very pleased that Anita, Peter, Pat and Mike have been deservedly recognised by the Queen for the enormous contributions that they have made to their local communities and the life of the church.”