Farewell Tea Party for Maureen

Tea party farewell to Maureen after her 12 years in the village

Ken Scott paying tribute
Ken Scott pays tribute to Maureen and her work in the village
Maureen with cheque
Maureen shows the over-sized cheque presented to her.

More than 70 people attended the farewell tea party for the Vicar of Pattingham with Patshull, the Rev Preb Maureen Hobbs, who retired at the end of May after twelve and a half years at St. Chad’s.

The party, in Pattingham Village Hall, was much delayed because of Covid restrictions.

Ken Scott, who until earlier this year was reader at St Chad’s, paid tribute to Maureen and her work in the village and wished her a long and happy retirement.

Maureen was presented with a number of gifts on behalf of the parish – among them a book of views of Pattingham and the surrounding area – and a cheque fo £1,600, raised by contributions from parishioners.

Tea – and coffee – and cakes were of offer, as well as a glass of bubbly with which to toast Maureen.

Thanks for help – and cakes

Tea party organisers Henry Ibberson and Tony Ainsworth have thanked everyone who helped to make the event a big success, especially to the very impressive array of cakes.

Henry Ibberson and Alan Stubbs
Henry Ibberson, left, with Alan Stubbs
Maureen showing book of views
Maureen shows the book of village views to Roger Evans, his grandson Caspar and Mike O’Byrne.

Good home for Maureen’s “props”

Maureen with props

Maueen gave away two of the “props” which she had used at various times. The scarecrow was collected by Nancy Shaw and the duck by Frankie Davies – but he then gave it to Nancy’s brother Stanley.

(taken from the article which appeared in the September 2021 Parish News magazine.) Photography by Mike Moss

There is an account of Maureen’s last Sunday before retirement at Maureen’s last Sunday.

More photos from the tea party . . .

Photography by Mike Moss, Ken Scott and Graham Tritton.