Royal recognition for Albert’s service

Heanor Baptist Church treasurer Albert Grimes, pictured at the service at St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Heanor Baptist Church treasurer Albert Grimes, pictured at the service at St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle.

A church treasurer from Heanor is one of the recipients of a special monetary award by the Queen.

Albert Grimes has been in the role at Heanor Baptish Church, off Derby Road, for 28 years.

Albert was one of this year’s recipients of Maundy Money from The Queen at a service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last month.

Every year, on Maundy Thursday, the Queen distributes special coins to men and women aged 70 and over to mark their Christian service.

They are nominated by their local Church of England Dioceses.

Heanor Baptist Church Pastor David Howe nominated Albert, and said the recognition was much deserved.

David said: “Despite his wife’s ongoing illness over the last four years, Albert has remained passionate about the Gospel.

“There are complex issues with being a treasurer these days compared to when he first started.

“For 46 years Albert has also contributed to the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s talking book service where he maintained their play-back systems.

“Due to his wife illness she wasn’t able to attend the service in St George’s Chapel, so it was a great privilege for me to accompany Albert on Maundy Thursday having nominated him last year following a request for names from the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern.”