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Revd Andrew Fordyce awarded MBE for services to Community of Colchester

11th Jun 2021

The Revd Andrew Fordyce, Rector of the Tenpenny Villages Benefice in Tendring has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The MBE was awarded to Andrew in recognition of his service to the community in Colchester. Andrew co-founded Colchester Foodbank and has been Chair since 2009. He has also served as an Officiating Chaplain to the Army supporting 2 and 3 Para and then the Medical Regiment from 2010 to 2020.

Andrew has served at churches in the Colchester area, first as a Vicar in South Colchester - St Maragret’s Berechurch from 2007 and in 2019 he was appointed as Rector of the Tenpenny Villages Benefice in Tendring.

Congratulating Andrew, the Bishop of Colchester, The Rt Revd Roger Morris said:

"I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of an award than Andrew. He has been a hugely supportive Founder and Chair of Trustees of Colchester Foodbank from its very beginnings to it now becoming the second busiest Foodbank in the East of England.

"He was for a number of years an Officiating Chaplain to 2 and 3 Para (engaging in conversations when colleagues were being killed in Afghanistan) and then serving from 2014 as Padre to the Medical Regiment. He is also committed to climate action and to addressing injustices of any kind. With a background in theatre, he does all these things in a fun and engaging way.

The best thing is that he is also the humblest and gentlest person you could meet. A huge heart and a tiny ego. He is exactly the kind of person who should receive an honour."

Commenting on receiving the honour, Andrew said:

It is a huge honour to receive this award, as everyone knows life in church ministry is always a team effort and I would immediately want to give thanks for the wonderful people I have had the privilege to work alongside. 

“I am grateful for the work of Colchester Foodbank to be recognised in the citation, I often feel that I am working in the shadows of giants who selflessly volunteer at the foodbank. I would like to say thank you to my colleagues and fellow trustee's. 

“I am also proud that I have been able to play a very small part in supporting 2 and 3 Para rear parties during the Afghanistan Campaign and was privileged to be called Padre to the Medical regiment - extraordinary people, making the impossible look ordinary. 

“Interestingly both areas of engagement have come out of times of prayer, and both have necessitated me to listen carefully. Although at the foodbank we want to be made redundant we will continue to serve those facing tough challenges - it has been an amazing journey supported by people of all faiths and none. It is an expression of the generosity and compassion of the people of Essex and the heart God has for the poor.”

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An MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is an appointment to the Order of the British Empire. An MBE is given for an outstanding achievement or service to the community.