Thursday, 1 September 2016

Woking parishioner awarded gold medal

Mr John Sylvester with Fr Frank Harrington having received his medal
Woking parishioner awarded gold medal - no, not an Olympic gold but a Gold Medal of Merit from the Guild of St Stephen, for long and dedicated service as an Altar Server. John Sylvester of Woking started as an Altar Server at the age of 8 years old and has served for 79 years.

During his military service he supervised and trained other men as Altar Servers on board ship to the Middle East and in Palestine, Egypt and Libya in 1947-49. John has continued to serve throughout his life and still is a regular Altar Server at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church, Woking. John was awarded this rare gold Medal of Merit for his dedication over 79 years. The photograph shows Canon Frank Harrington, Parish Priest, presenting John with the award.

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