Parishioners from both St Mary’s and St Peter’s came out in force to celebrate Chris and Barbara’s 4 ½ years with us and to say goodbye as they head for the east coast. Guests from Chris’s ministry in Scargill, Filey and Chester Cathedral added to our number.
The “bring and share” aspect of the Afternoon Tea was almost too successful as, knowing Chris’s fondness for baked goods, every possible combination of butter, sugar, flour and other mouth-watering ingredients arrived and was placed on the table, together with a variety of sandwiches and savouries. The free bar did a roaring trade with French wines and Elderflower Cordial.
Chris and Barbara are pictured here being helped by their grandson Isaac to cut the special Retirement Cake, baked and decorated by Nancy Carter. It was delicious, as was to be expected, for Nancy has a long-held reputation to uphold.
They were presented with a cheque and gifts from each parish: a canvas log-carrier (with logs from Church Wood and from Little Budworth) and two carved stone birds; these gifts being tokens, pointers to the future as we’ve suggested they might like to purchase a log store and a bird bath & sundial when at last their garden in Flamborough is ready.
There were short speeches and a few tears, there was singing by the Little Budworth Community Choir who had prepared a fabulous, “Little Budworth Calypso”; Canon Chris had brought his guitar and sang, accompanied on stage by his whole family.
Most of all there was lively chatter, convivial company and a great atmosphere as we wished Chris and Barbara the very happiest of retirements.