About News Volunteer receives MBE for services to heritage Stephen De Silva has been awarded an MBE for services to heritage at St Albans Cathedral Stephen De Silva, a volunteer and guide at the Cathedral for over 40 years, has been awarded an MBE in 2021’s New Year’s Honours List. The Dean said: ‘The whole Cathedral community will rejoice that Stephen has been given this award. His contribution over many years has been immeasurable, not only to the Cathedral’s cultural heritage, but also to its worship and community life. We are all proud of him and happy for him, and grateful to him for being the person he is as well as for the work he has done’. Congratulations Stephen from all of us here at St Albans Cathedral.