A BICESTER vicar is among three members of the clergy who are to be made Honorary Canons of Christ Church Cathedral.

Two other vicars are also being admitted to the Order of St Frideswide in a special service at the cathedral on Saturday, January 26 at 6pm.

Honorary Canons are clergy who are selected because of their work within the Diocese of Oxford and the Church.

The Order of St Frideswide is a way of giving recognition to lay people who have given outstanding service to the Church. It is named after the patron saint of Oxford and was founded in 2001 by the then Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev Richard Harries, now Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

One of the vicars being made an Honorary Canon is Rev Verena Breed, who started as a Lutheran Minister before she moved to the UK in 2000 and in 2014 was appointed team rector of Bicester.

In 2017, Rev Breed she was among those celebrating when a weathervane was returned to its former glory as part of the £246,000 renovation of 12th century Grade I-listed church of St Edburg’s in Bicester.

READ MORE: St Edburg's Church renovations

Rev Stephen Pullin, based in Berkshire, and Rev Chris Bull, from Buckinghamhire, are also being made Honorary Canons.

Dr Anna Betts, a churchwarden in the Burnham and Slough Deanery, and Rev Hugh Boulter, based in Berkshire, are to receive the Order of St Frideswide.