The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow has been honoured with an ‘Award for Meritorious Service’ for his service to Chaplaincy in the North East of England.
The award was presented by Wing Commander Dave Harrison in a short ceremony at the Blaydon headquarters of 1509 squadron on Thursday 9th January 2014.
Revd Captain Simon Cake, ATC chaplain and a clergyman in the Diocese of Durham said: “Bishop Mark was given this award for the fantastic work he has done in the Durham and Northumberland wing in support of helping us find chaplains for the units within the wing and also for his support of youth work in the ATC.”
Bishop Mark was also made a honorary member of the 1509 (Blaydon) Squadron ATC on the evening and delighted in meeting young people and youth leaders from the Squadron. He said: “I am honoured to receive this award – but the real stars and the ones I would personally like to thank are the youth workers here and throughout youth groups in the region.
“I did a quick calculation and every-week something like 4000 hours of service are given by adult leaders in the Durham and Northumberland wing alone. Multiply that across the ATC and other uniform youth groups and we are looking at a very serious amount of important and much needed youth work. These are real unsung heroes of our region and they deserve our significant thanks and recognition for all that they do night after night and week after week – and in many cases year in and year out.”
Wing Commander Dave Harrison said: “The wing has 35 squadrons with 1200 cadets and 400 staff, so a large number of people with a large number of issues and needs. The Chaplaincy element is a key resource for people to go-to for support. Thanks to Bishop Mark, 27 of those squadrons now have a chaplain – which has made a huge difference to the welfare support and guidance we have within the squadrons, and that is why we have honoured Bishop Mark tonight.”