A specially painted card by Liz Roberts was signed by many parishioners and friends. Avril spoke on behalf of everyone giving thanks for John 's ministry - and not forgetting Helen either - and for all we have managed together as a Church in this place
Avril had managed to source a copy of the Manx Bird Atlas for John. This out-of-print volume is the most detailed account of the bird life of the Isle of Man and a wonderful source of information for walks in retirement. There was also a very generous cheque!
The choir have arranged for John and Helen is be forever on the pier in Swanage! Harry was in on the scene too as Diana made the presentation. A celebratory plaque is to appear in a few weeks! What a lovely present!
And, of course, there were the inevitable words from the rector......