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OBE for Salisbury Cathedral Canon
By Mark Jones
BBC Wiltshire

Diana Fulbrook
Diana Fulbrook recognised for her work with criminals

A Wiltshire woman, who works at Salisbury Cathedral as a Lay Canon, has received an OBE in this year's Queen's New Year Honours.

Diana Fulbrook, 60, has been recognised for her work with the Wiltshire Probation Area.

Her work involves managing around 2,000 offenders, with her staff, to protect the public and reduce reoffending.

She's also heavily involved in the Wiltshire Parole Board and the Criminal Justice Board.

"I'm absolutely thrilled about this honour but I feel it's also a real plus for the Probation Service in Wiltshire, which often gets overlooked by the public," said Diana.

As a woman of faith she recognises that her beliefs help her full-time job but also the work she does at Salisbury Cathedral as a Lay Canon - appointed in 2005.

Lay Canons, along with ordained Canons, advise the cathedral on their remit, policy and commitment to the community and diocese in terms of spirituality and faith.

It's a case of balancing out between my work and belief
Diana Fulbrook

"I think it all comes from the same source as far as my faith and work is concerned. My faith is very important to me and feel it is a balancing out between my work and belief."

"The Probation Service has had links with the Anglican Church since the 1860s when money was given to the Church of England to save young men from going to court because of drinking too much."

"These days we have a mix of staff, some with faith, others who don't believe. But we are all bound together by one very strong value base that people can change and are good. This is consistent with my Christian beliefs."

Diana, who's now looking forward to her trip to Buckingham Palace to receive her OBE, said: "I think receiving the award is a very humbling experience, but also very wonderful."

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