Chloe’s hard work is recognised by Bishop

Chloe Sanderson and Rev Stephen Monk at St Mary's South Darley
Chloe Sanderson and Rev Stephen Monk at St Mary's South Darley

If you have never heard of the Diocese of Derby’s Bishop’s Badge award that’s because it has not been around that long in its current form.

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, first came up with the idea of awarding the honour to people who had gone the extra mile for fellow community members across the county after stumbling across one given by the diocese’s first bishop to those he confirmed, back in 1927.

Chloe Sanderson at the bell ringing controls at St Mary's South Darley

Chloe Sanderson at the bell ringing controls at St Mary's South Darley

And this year sees another fresh angle with the introduction of the Young Vocations Award - for people up to the age of 25 who have contributed to the life of their parish.

One of these remarkable young people is 11 year-old Chloe Sanderson, from Matlock.

Chloe has been involved in leading readings, prayers and performing the offertory at family services at St Mary’s Church, South Darley, since she was six years old.

Mum, Elspeth, 49, said: “Chloe has been a member of St Mary’s Church since she was born.

“She has always shown an interest in supporting the church and has gained a lot of responsibility, from leading worships to ringing the bells before service, so it’s remarkable that she will be praised for her hard work.”

Proud dad Richard said the honour was well-deserved as his daughter had served a life-long involvement with the church, albeit just 11 years.

And the fact that she had achieved her brown belt in kickboxing just the day before receiving the badge made it all the more gratifying.

He added: “Her mother plays piano at the church so that has played a big part and South Darley school has a very strong involvement with the church at all levels.

“She is a very confident little girl who has been reading Gospel lessons since she was five.

“But she was not expecting this - she just enjoys being involved with the church.”

Chloe is also part of the values committee at South Darley School - a guided group which discusses ethical and moral issues in the context of school life.

The group also studies comparative religion, having already been on excursions to a Hindu temple and a Synagogue.