Six long-serving priests have been made Prebendaries at Lichfield Cathedral.
They were each given a 'seat' in the cathedral in a ceremony led by Bishop Jonathan Gledhill and Dean Adrian Dorber.
In days gone by, the 'seat' would have provided an income through tithes and rents. Nowadays the prebendary is an honorary position given to clergy who have provided long service and are held in high regard by the diocese.
They may occasionally preach or lead worship and they are also able to join the Cathedral Chapter, the wider body with responsibility for the cathedral.
Those installed as Prebendaries are:
Reverend Adrian Bailey, Priest in Charge of Selattyn and Hengoed with Gobowen Chaplain to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and Rural Dean of Oswestry to be appointed Prebendary of Sandiacre.
Reverend Charmian Beech, Priest in Charge of Hodnet with Weston under Redcastle, Rural Dean of Hodnet and Diocesan Safeguarding Officer to be appointed Prebendary of Pipa MInor.
Reverend Nigel Clemas, Rector of Chapel Chorlton, Maer and Whitmore, Rural Dean of Eccleshall and Surrogate for Eccleshall to be appointed Prebendary of Dernford
Reverend Peter Davies, Vicar of Audley and Priest in Charge of Alsagers Bank to be appointed Prebendary of Wolvey.
Reverend Ben Whitmore, Vicar of Penn to be appointed Prebendary of Curborough
Reverend Brian Williams, Vicar of Sneyd and Surrogate for Stoke North to be appointed Prebendary of Offley.
Reverend Peter Hart, Vicar of Cannock and Huntington and of Hatherton will be appointed Prebendary of Sawley at a later date.