Pip Moscrop, one of the founders and coordinator of Street Angels Macclesfield, was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours. On behalf of CNI Network we sent congratulations for this truly deserved honour and asked Pip a few questions...
First of all congratulations on a highly deserved honour! Tell us some more about how you found out and received your Honour:
I was amazed and delighted to learn that I had been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Macclesfield in the Queen's Birthday Honours List; it was totally unexpected! This was presented at an investiture by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, at Tatton Hall, a stately home in Knutsford, in November (see the picture below).
You have given and invested a tremendous amount for the community of Macclesfield and Street Angels isn't the only initiative you are involved in - tell us about other projects you are working with:
I have been involved with the Churches and what they do together in Macclesfield for fifteen years as the Co-ordinator of Hope in North East Cheshire - thirty-nine Churches working together in mission in our communities. I became Chair until 2017, of one of the Hope charities, Cre8 Macclesfield, a youth and community programme, based in the Moss Rose estate, one of the most disadvantaged in Macclesfield.
As Hope built relationships with the authorities, and the Church Leaders and those in the Churches worked more closely together, there was growing recognition that much could be done through social action. In 2012, with the invaluable help of Paul Blakey and Christian Nightlife Initiatives, we established Street Angels Macclesfield which is highly regarded by the authorities and has not missed a Saturday evening in seven and a half years. Hope's winter weekend nightshelter, WHAM (Winter Homeless Accommodation in Macclesfield!) was implemented in the winter of 2014/15.
Hope in North East Cheshire is an innovative and growing ministry - what is your latest project?
We are blessed to have so many committed Church Leaders who meet regularly, strengthening their personal relationships and discussing what the 4,000 or so people who attend the Churches could do together. The most recent social action initiatives are Macclesfield Community Kitchen and Project Grow, an integrated surplus (free!) food collection and distribution service, implemented by Cre8 Macclesfield!
Well done and thank you on behalf of the wider CNI Network family Pip Moscrop BEM for all you have done and will do in the future with the church community towards making Macclesfield a better place to live, work and socialise. Any final comments?
My wonderful award is recognition of this amazing journey and all those who have contributed to it!