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Sarah Rickett, Director of Learning and Outreach, has been recognised for her contribution to the education of children...

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Sarah Rickett awarded Aldhelm Cross

Posted By : Marie Thomas Monday 6th November 2017

Sarah Rickett, Director of Learning and Outreach, has been recognised for her contribution to the education of children across the Diocese and through events at the Cathedral. She received her Aldhelm Cross from The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, alongside four other recipients, including Cathedral guide Ginny Lighton, during Evensong on Sunday, 5 November.


The award recognises Sarah’s tireless work with school children in the Diocese, including the annual Leavers’ services and work done for Magna Carta 800. She is also responsible for adult education and wider aspects of the Cathedral’s outreach. It is with her guidance that we ensure the generosity of welcome that is offered to all who enter the Cathedral and, through her work with organisations like HMP Erlestoke prison, realise our responsibility towards the wider community.

Sarah is always the first to credit her great team of staff and volunteers. She is a respecter and utiliser of skills, no matter from where they are offered, and her bold spirit has been responsible for some of the most experimental work done in the Cathedral, from Hoodwink’s experimental theatre to the rousing Magna Cantata in which so many children from across the Diocese joyfully took part in.

Ginny Lighton's award recognises the work whe has done for the Sudan as one of the organisers for many years of the annual South Canonry garden party that raises funds to support the Diocese’s partnership with Sudan. Ginny has devoted her life to the service of others through a number of charities and through her jobs.

Others from our community and beyond who also received Aldhelm crosses were: Rebecca Carson Chief Executive Officer of Woodford Valley CE Primary Academy in the Woodford Valley outside Salisbury; the Secretary to the Dorchester Deanery Synod, Alan Neades, for his work within the Diocese including time on the Diocesan Synod and as a member of the Diocesan Board of Finance; and Mary Paisey, Chair of the Salisbury Women’s Refuge has worked for Churches Together in Salisbury and is Chair of the Salisbury Christian Aid Group.

For any other enquiries or further information contact Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral or 01722 555148.