A WOMAN has received a medallion for completing a research trip to Armenia.
Brenda Wall, 67, of Hepworth, went to Armenia last June under a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
The Trust pays for trips which allow people to pursue professional or personal interests, on the condition that they use the knowledge they gain to benefit others.
Mrs Wall, who has run a retreat at Hepworth for 13 years, was one of 107 people awarded fellowships last year.
They have all completed their post-trip reports and been given silver Churchill medallions to mark this.
They were presented by the Duke of Kent at the Guildhall in London.
Mrs Wall investigated Armenian religion during her trip.
She said: "I had wanted to go for a long time. Every fellow says their trip has been a life-changing experience - and it is true.
"The people were amazing. They are so proud and welcoming, yet they are poverty- stricken."
Mrs Wall interviewed Armenians about their beliefs and studied the architecture of old churches, which have small bases and extremely high towers.
She said she was inspired to research the Armenian church because of its age.
Mrs Wall will share her findings with people attending her retreat.