How this man has helped make Preston a better place

Posted on - 27th April, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, People, Preston News
Ron receives his medal
Ron receives his medal

A pillar of the community in LongtonĀ and Preston has been recognised for his work.


Ron Farrington, the senior pastor at Longton Community Church, has grown his congregation in the past two decades – against a backdrop of declining chuch-goling across the UK.

Mr Farrington was presented with the British Empire Medal for being an ‘inspiration’ in the way he has led the community church into social action.

He was given the medal by Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, following being recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Longton Community Church was founded in 1995 by Mr Farrington and since then has grown from a congregation of 30 to more than 400. He has also led the church to convert the former Halfords in Deepdale into a new church.

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The medal was presented in the church by Lord Shuttleworth in front of Mr Farrington’s family, friends and members of the congregation.

Ron with his wife Christine after receiving his medal
Ron with his wife Christine after receiving his medal

Lord Shuttleworth said: “It is a privilege and a pleasure to present this award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to someone who has made such a beneficial impact on his community.”

What is a British Empire Medal?

It rewards an achievement of contribution of a ‘hands-on’ service to the community within a geographical area.

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