June Hopkinson will be leaving us in August or thereabouts. Sadly the funding is just not there to maintain her in a full-time role, and she needs a full-time job. She has been with us since September 2015, and lots of things will be very difficult without her; Messy Church and Journeymakers especially.
Sheila had her last PCC meeting on 2nd March, after 50 years serving on St Oswald’s PCC. Sheila has brought a regular voice of wisdom to meetings; she has shown dedication to the Church she so obviously loves; and she has been a link with the Church’s history, going back so many years. She has always spoken out for St Oswald’s School, where after giving up as Chair of Governors after many years, she has been listening to children read. But even the most willing spirit cannot go on for ever!
Lent meetings were a great joy until they had to stop; 17, 2 and 16 people attended before we had to end them in line with government advice. The theme of the cross of Jesus was powerful, as ever.
Mavis Hill died on 1st March, aged 86, after 7 years in Springfield Nursing Home. Mavis had been attending St Oswald’s since her teens, 70 years ago, longer than anyone else living. When she retired from Bradford College, where she was for many years admissions clerk, she served as PCC secretary. She had a lovely warm presence in Church, and the kindest heart you could imagine. She suffered dementia in her later years, but remained gentle and affectionate to the end.
Sarah’s long ordeal at the BRI and St James’ Hospital from 29th November ended when she came home around 18th March; three and a half months. In the present climate she will have plenty of opportunity for R&R!
Thanks to Behrooz and Hussein for lots of practical jobs at All Saints – fixing wall heaters, repairing the notice board after Stuart painted it, and cutting and strimming the grass.