Christian couple retire after 66 years of service

DavidHeatherJack12010: A couple have retired after giving 66 years of devoted voluntary service to the Eckling Grange Christian residential care home in Dereham, Mid Norfolk.

David Jack was a trustee for 36 years - including 21 years as chairman - and his wife Heather (pictured right at Eckling Grange) has had a 30-year association with the complex.

She was "volunteered" by her husband in the beginning - and spent 20 years as secretary to the committee and thenn took over as "bungalows queen."

She looked after the bungalows at Eckling Grange and dealt with lettings and also a lot of pastoral work with residents.

Mr Jack has been involved with preaching and leading services at the home and they both will keep visiting in the future.

Mrs Jack said: "It has been so rewarding and I have loved everyone I have known here. These people are our friends and have welcomed us in to their homes. It will be a wrench to leave although we will be coming back from time to time."

Her husband said: "I have met wonderful people and we have had many missionaries here who have spent time in all parts of the world. It has been a great privilege and I have enjoyed it 96-97 pc of the time. We have had excellent other trustees and I have had some very good managers.

Mr and Mrs Jack - who live in Attleborough and attend Hargham Road Chapel - were given farewell gifts during a retirement presentation at Eckling Grange on Thursday evening.

Tim Bash is the new chairman of trustees.

Manager Stewart Barber paid tribute to Mr and Mrs Jack’s service.

"It is amazing what they have given, not only to the local community but also to the missionaries they have cared for. The standard of Eckling Grange today is a testament to their efforts."

Picture and article courtesy of EDP





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