On Tuesday 13 October, five of the Trustees of the Friends of St Lawrence Church met to mark the recent retirement of their Chairman, Jim Platt, from the Friends' Committee.
Jim had been a Trustee for 10 years and Chairman for 8 years and was presented with a gift voucher from fellow Trustees which Jim can use to commission a bespoke piece of stone carving by local stone carver and artist, Henry Gray.
Pictured with Jim Platt (2nd from the right) representing all of the Trustees, are Helen Rowe, Sam Brown, David James, Jeff Long, and Vice-Chairman Robin Petherick. Unfortunately Covid-19 restrictions prevented a larger attendance.
Jim was really delighted by his gift and said:
"It was extremely kind of you all and I am very much looking forward to discussing with Henry Gray what he could make for me. That was such an appropriate gift, given my close association with Henry in restoring the stonework in the church. His presentation is the Friends event that will stay in my memory forever."
"As I wrote the report for the church architect before he conducted the Quinquennial (inspection) earlier this year, I realised just how many of the works to maintain and beautify St Lawrence have been funded by the Friends.
The single item of which I am most proud is the new clock face. Jim Thompson did a really wonderful job."