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Monday 25th September 2017

1279th Luncheon

Susan Hughes M.B.E., J.P., D.L.



will speak on

"Background to Royal Maundy"


The Holiday Inn.   25 Aytoun Street, Manchester M1 3AE
for Sat Navs use M1 3DT


Luncheon sponsored by Anonymous donor

 Background to Royal Maundy is about the planning and organisation of the Royal Maundy Ceremony that was held at Blackburn Cathedral in April 2014.

Susan has been involved with the Voluntary Sector since 1963 when she joined the Burnley Council for Social Service, now Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service.

Currently, she is a:

·        Chairman of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service.

·        Trustee of Community Futures for Lancashire.

·        Trustee of Blackburn Cathedral Trust. 

·         Member of Common Purpose Advisory Group for Lancashire.

·        President of 352 Burnley Squadron Air Training Corps.

·        Patron of Young Lancashire.

Susan has an extensive list of achievements in the field of voluntary work, in 2015 was awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in Lancashire in the Birthday Honours

Amongst Susan’s resume are shown

  • A Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire - 10 years

  • Blackburn Cathedral Royal Maundy Recipient Researcher and Co-ordinator 2013-2104

Susan lists her hobbies/activities as Church Embroidery; Genealogy; Art; Writing and Giving Talks

Royal Maundy is a religious service in the Church of England held on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Traditionally, the service was held in or near London, in most years in the early 20th century at Westminster Abbey. Today, Queen Elizabeth II almost always attends (she has been absent only four times in her reign), and the service is held in a different church (usually a cathedral) every year. Recipients were once chosen for their poverty and were entitled to remain as Maundy recipients for life; today new recipients are chosen every year for service to their churches or communities, on the recommendation of clergymen of various Christian denominations.

The name "Maundy" and the ceremony itself derive from an instruction, or mandatum, of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper that his followers should love one another. In the Middle Ages, English monarchs washed the feet of beggars in imitation of Jesus, and presented gifts and money to the poor. Over time, additional money was substituted for the clothing and other items that had once been distributed.

At the service small silver coins known as "Maundy money" (legally, "the Queen's Maundy money") are distributed as symbolic alms to elderly recipients. The coins are presented in two leather purses, a white one containing coins to the value of the same number of pence as the years of the monarch's age, and a red purse containing a £5 and a 50p coin. The coins are legal tender but do not circulate because of their silver content and numismatic value. Maundy money is struck in denominations of one penny, two pence, three pence, and four pence. Until the 18th century the coins given were from the circulating coinage, and it was not until the latter half of the century that the four Maundy coins developed as distinct, noncirculating pieces


Closing date for applications for this luncheon is Tuesday 12th September 2017




Sage and Onion Stuffed Chicken, Smoked Back, Mash 

Mash Potatoes and Green Beans.


Fillet of Hake, with Creamed leeks, Sweet potato and Grilled Courgettes.

Vegetarian   Roasted Vegetable Halloumi Wellington, Spinach, Sautéed potatoes and Roasted Carrots.  Vegetarian



  Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and fresh Cream,

or Fresh Fruit Salad and Passion Fruit Sorbet

or  Ice Cream


Coffee or Tea