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Queen’s Birthday Honour For Our Man In Ankara

Canon Geoffrey Evans from St Nicholas church in Ankara has been awarded an OBE in the Diplomatic list of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The citation reads:-  The Reverend Canon Geoffrey Evans, Chaplain, St. Nicholas' Church, Ankara, Turkey - for services to British interests and the community in Turkey

Geoffrey Evans with Prince CharlesCanon Geoffrey (pictured here with the Prince of Wales during a visit to Gallipoli) says he was very pleasantly surprised to learn about his award which was announced to his congregation at the regular service on Sunday 12th June. No date has yet been arranged for him to go to Buckingham Palace to receive it officially.

His work involves him in the typical duties of an Anglican clergyman within the Diocese but with additional responsibility of being Chaplain to the British Embassy and its staff. Before going to Ankara in 2000 Welsh-born Canon Geoffrey had served In Izmir and Istanbul in Turkey as well as in Rome and Moscow.

 

 

 

The church where his congregation worships is within the Embassy grounds, opposite the Presidential Palace, and was built in 1963. The international congregaAnkara exteriortion is drawn from many different embassies, schools and universities in Ankara. The church itself (pictured above) was built as an Anglo-American venture in Christian fellowship. Designed by Professor Carl Hammerschmidt, RAIA, who was attached to the Faculty of Architecture at the Middle East Technical University,Ankara.

 

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