Mr Black added: "It's a great honour to be appointed as Rural Dean
of Middlesbrough - a great town facing real challenges.
He worked extremely hard with a long succession of rural deans
to ensure the Deanery of Walsall held together.
He's worked under no less than three bishops of Whitby in his five decades' service - the Rt Rev Gordon Bates, the Rt Rev Robert Ladds and the current Rt Rev Warner -several archdeacons of Cleveland and a whole batch of rural deans
and priests in charge.
The title will also be conferred on the Rev Ken Lindop, who has been vicar of Cubbington for 30 years; senior cathedral warden for 30 years Ted Hiscox; the Rev David Pettifor, chairman of the Spirituality Group and vicar at Holy Cross Church in Wyken, Coventry; adult educator the Rev Roger Spiller, a former chaplain at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital and Rural Dean
of Nuneaton; and Rolls-Royce electrical engineer Graham Smith, a reader for the Church of England for 40 years.
As Thomas's mother Sandra got out of the black car at the head of the procession she spent a couple of moments speaking to the Rev Andrew Mannings, the rural dean
The Rev Clive Williams, the rural dean
of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, said that money was being wasted saving buildings 'past their sell-by date' when it could be better spent elsewhere.
Pictured at the event are (from left) Mrs Sarah Brierley, chairman of the West Riding Branch of NADFAS, Mrs Anne Palmer, chairman of North East Region of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies with the Rev Mary Railton-Crowder, Vicar of Birchencliffe and Rural Dean
of Huddersfield with two of the children.
Harrison Parks vicar of Marton and Rural Dean
and a non-conformist minister.
How uncertain times had been for the church was revealed when the Bishop told the British Archaeological Association that "the other day I stumbled on a report made by a Rural Dean
to my predecessor in which he states that it (the Saxon Church) is in a sad state of decay, and would be better removed.
Children in Coed Mawr, Bangor take advantage of the snow as they slide down the hill and also make a snowman (right and above)An evening sunset at Bodelwyddan Church (known as the Marble Church) captured by the camera of Onfel Glyn James of Kinmel Bay (above)Rev Tom Bonnet and the Rt Revd Anthony Crockett, Bishop of Bangor following the service held at Holy Trinity Church, Bryngwran, to establish the Rev Bonnet as Rural Dean
of Llifon and Talybolion on Anglesey.
He was also Rural Dean
of Rugby and became a canon in 1996.
He was also Rural Dean
of Shipston from 1991 to 1998 and is now a member of Bishops' Council.