for Lions Vicar
Lions Vicar Canon Owen Beament, Vicar of All Saints,
Hatcham, and Chaplain to
Millwall Football Club, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list
for Services to the community in Deptford and New Cross.
John Francis, Hon Curate at All Saints, says: "Fr Owen has been our vicar for
over 26 years and has been pivotal in the growth and development of the
community locally in Deptford and New Cross."
Millwall FC Press Officer Deano Standing "couldn't think of anyone who deserves
a gong more! Fr.Owen has worked tirelesssly and unsung for the community and
for the club. He's almost part of the furniture at the stadium and the training
ground - always recognisable with his dog-collar and always available to
players, staff and supporters. Even people with no religious beliefs have
respect for him".
Beament was ordained in 1964 and has served in Southwark Diocese throughout his
ministry - in Deptford, Peckham and Vauxhall before coming to New Cross in
1974. He was made an Honorary Canon in 1997.
clearly embarassed by 'all the fuss'.
very lucky to have one of the best jobs in the Church - chaplain to Millwall
and a great parish to look after" he said.
"Governor of Battersea"
the title given to His Excellency Peter Simmons, High Commissioner for
Barbados, on Sunday 26 November at Christ Church and St Stephen,
following a service to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the independence of
High Commissioner had just raised the national flag of Barbados on the church's
flag-pole where it flew for the following week. The High Commissioner's "new
title" was mentioned by the Master of Ceremonies at the reception in Christ
service (photo above), organised by Winston and Glendine Dottin, members of
Christ Church Battersea, was attended by some four hundred Bajans and friends
and was conducted by the Vicar, Canon Peter Clark.
address was given by the Rev. Winfield Collins, a Barbadian who is Chaplain of
Pentonville Prison. Music was provided by the Aria Gospel Choir and the
Barbados Nurses' Association Choir.
the service received extensive coverage in the Barbadian national press.
Afterwards, the High Commissioner wrote to the organisers: "I passed through
Battersea one evening last week and it warmed the cockles of my heart to see
the 'Broken Trident' (the flag of Barbados) flying proudly."