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Lichfield businessman honoured by Pope for charity and community work

A Lichfield businessman has been honoured by the Pope for his charitable and community work.

Noel Sweeney, chairman of Burntwood-based Tara Developments, was given the Order of St Gregory at a ceremony last weekend.

The honour is one of five papal knighthoods of the Catholic Church and was presented by Archbishop Bernard Longley, head of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Noel Sweeney receiving the Order of St Gregory
Noel Sweeney receiving the Order of St Gregory

“This is an important achievement and recognises a person’s contribution above and beyond the life of the Church and the good example they set in their communities and country,” said Archbishop Longley.

“I am delighted that the Holy Father has granted the request to make Noel Sweeney a Knight of the Order of St Gregory.”

The nomination for the award is made directly by the Archbishop.

Mr Sweeney, who is 75 and lives near Lichfield, founded two successful regional businesses, Chasetown Civil Engineering and Cameron Homes, , which together now employ around 800 people.

He said: “I am deeply honoured to have received this award and it was a privilege to be presented with it from Archbishop Longley at the Investiture Mass at my local church last weekend.”

His charity work includes helping to fund a new centre for the charity Sense in Birmingham and a new Catholic Church in Burntwood. He is also involved with St Joseph’s Catholic School in Chasetown and Cardinal Griffin School in Cannock.

In Rome, Noel is supporting a top professor to work as an archivist at the English College in Rome, which prepares men for the Catholic priesthood. He also sponsors many local agricultural shows in Ireland, where he has family links.

Throughout the Archdiocese of Birmingham, which covers the West Midlands region, together with the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire, there are around 19 Knights and Dames of St Gregory.

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5 Comments

  1. CLLR MISS MARKS

    8th March, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Great picture by Robert Yardley Photography

  2. John Morrow

    8th March, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    When did Chasetown, Chase Terrace and Burntwood become Lichfield? Many congratulations to Noel on his worthy award but I would never describe him as a “Lichfield” businessman.

  3. Michel Souris

    8th March, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Cllr Marks – you omit to say that Robert Yardley is your partner. Using your Cllr title is surely a breach of your Council status and should be reported to the Standards Committee at the Council. Another example of Tory misjudgement. Roll on the May elections.

  4. AnnS

    11th March, 2019 at 9:14 am

    If you are a person of conviction Michel Sourish then perhaps you should report the Cllr., as it appears that she is using her position to promote her partner’s business.

  5. Michel Souris

    11th March, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Maybe I will but I wanted to signal to the Councillor and others that their behaviour is noticed by the public. Perhaps she would like to comment and apologise here for her self-serving comment?

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