Congratulations to Lynne Tembey, former Mothers' Union Worldwide President, and parishioner at St Mark's, Marske-by-the-Sea (where her husband David is Vicar), who yesterday received her OBE in recognition of her services to the Mothers’ Union, to Women and to Families.

HRH Prince William presented her with the award, and Lynne said it was lovely to talk to him about the Mothers' Union.

She adds her OBE to the Cross of St Augustine, awarded to Lynne by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, ahead of her presidential retirement at the end of 2018.

“When I learned that I was to be awarded with the OBE, I was filled with amazement”, Lynne said. “I feel truly privileged. I have greatly loved my time as Worldwide President. Our members are incredible in all they strive to achieve, changing hearts, minds and lives in wonderful ways.

“To receive the OBE from Her Majesty and the Cross of St Augustine from the Archbishop of Canterbury is so humbling. I accept these awards through God’s grace and in recognition of the worldwide members it has been an honour and joy to serve.”

Lynne Tembey has been involved with Mothers’ Union for almost 40 years. She has served in leadership roles locally as branch leader and deanery leader and regionally as Vice President of the Diocese of Carlisle and Provincial President of York. For the past six years she served as Worldwide President.

She has been succeeded as Worldwide President by Mrs Sheran Harper, from Guyana – the first Worldwide President from outside the British Isles.

Founded 142 years ago, the Mothers’ Union is a dynamic Anglican Mission agency with four million members in 84 countries.