One person, for whom the New Year started off with a bang, is Rev Clinton P McFarlane, a minister at Ruach City Church.
A son of leading church pioneer, Bishop Harry McFarlane, Rev McFarlane was featured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, and awarded an MBE for his community work in Hackney, east London.
The married father of three children has worked on a number of community initiatives in the Hackney area, including chairing Hackney’s Independent Advisory Group; chairing meetings for Hackney’s Youth Offending Team, as part of their restorative justice programme, and working as a school governor.
Commenting on his award, Rev McFarlane stated, “I am pleased to have received this award in the New Year Honours list, and I see it as recognition of the ongoing work that is needed to promote a better understanding between our institutions and communities.
“My hope is that this award will be a catalyst for me to do even more for our young people and adults – not just in the borough of Hackney, but further and beyond.”