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Author Ronald Blythe to be honoured by Bishop at Wormingford

16th Jan 2018

The author Ronald Blythe, famous for the book and film "Akenfield" and with 50 books to his name, is to be honoured at a service in his home church of Wormingford. Ronald has many honours already - his latest is the CBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and he is a Canon of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral as well as holding four honorary doctorates.

Ronald, 95, has led services in Wormingford and Little Horkesley as a Lay Reader almost every week for more than 30 years, and the Diocese of Chelmsford is acknowledging his long service by bestowing the honour of Reader Emeritus.

The Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris, will do this during the service in St Andrew's Church, Wormingford on Sunday 21 January, at 11.00 am. Bishop Roger says: "The local Church is blessed in having many Lay Ministers who give of their time and talents to the Church and community.

"They would say that it is an honour to serve, and it is right that we honour them. Ronald is so special; his writings are known and loved internationally, and we have had the blessing of hearing him regularly. I am looking forward to Sunday very much indeed."

Image: Dr Ronald Blythe CBE. Image courtesy of Church Times