Keith Ineson's BEM

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undefinedThe head of the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, Canon Keith Ineson (PICTURED), has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to agriculture. Keith, a former hill farmer who now lives in Wimboldsley, near Middlewich, took on his chaplaincy role in the year 2000.

The agricultural chaplaincy is run by Churches Together in Cheshire. It has been very busy in support of agricultural and allied people in recent years, when farming has gone through very difficult times, including the BSE and Foot and Mouth epidemics, and serious, ongoing price problems in the dairy industry.

The agricultural chaplaincy has also worked to help people in rural areas cope with social isolation and mental health problems.

Under Keith’s leadership, the chaplaincy has expanded and become more comprehensive in its work. There are now 15 volunteer agricultural chaplains in Cheshire, and hundreds of people are benefitting from the support given.

A lifelong Christian, who came to faith via the Salvation Army, Keith will retire as head of the agricultural chaplaincy in September this year.

His honour was announced in the New Year Honours list. He is expected to be presented with his medal later this year.

Keith said: “I’m very pleased to receive the BEM. It reflects the tremendous work carried out by our whole team over the past 16 years or so.”

Keith is a Canon Emeritus of Chester Cathedral – also in recognition of his work in agricultural chaplaincy – and he is a member of the Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility’s Mental Health Forum.