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Former Cathedral Churchwarden receives Maundy Money

Sandra Hood, who recently retired as Churchwarden at Newcastle Cathedral after many years of faithful service, was among the recipients of the Royal Maundy money.

A version of this article features in the May 2021 edition of Link, the monthly newspaper for the Diocese of Newcastle. 

Recipients of Maundy money are nominated by their local dioceses for contributions to their local church and community. Given the current circumstances, the Royal Maundy Service 2021 could not go ahead this year.

Instead, the Maundy money was blessed at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, before being posted to recipients alongside a letter from The Queen. This meant recipients could still receive their Maundy money and purses, and instead mark the special occasion from their homes. Three people nominated by Bishop Christine in our Diocese for their exemplary Christian service within the community have received the Maundy money this year.

Sandra Hood, Trevor Gurr and Colin Davidson were all honoured and received the red and white purses. Sandra has been committed to the Church her whole life and recently retired as Churchwarden at Newcastle Cathedral after many years of faithful service.

Trevor is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd at Battle Hill and has done a tremendous amount of inspiring work with young people in his area.

Colin is the parish organist at Morpeth Parish and has been since 1968. The Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived.

This year, as Her Majesty is 95, 95 pence worth of Maundy money has been distributed to 95 men and 95 women in recognition for their contribution to the community and to the church. Each recipient of Maundy money is given two small leather purses by The Queen, one red and one white. The first contains a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolises the Sovereign’s gift for food and clothing.

This year the coins are specially created to commemorate Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday and the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day. The second purse contains Maundy coins up to the value of the Sovereign’s age. The coins are legal tender but recipients normally prefer to retain them as a keepsake. The coins have kept much the same form since 1670.


You can download and read the latest edition of Link via the Diocese of Newcastle website.

Click here to find out more about the time Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh came to Newcastle Cathedral to distribute the Royal Maundy money.