End of an era as Liz retires

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A COMMUNITY stalwart has stood down as a church warden after 27 years of dedicated and loyal service.

Liz Craigs became a member of the congregation at St Cuthbert’s Church in Hebron in 1953 when she married John and moved to Tritlington Hall.

As well as serving on the parochial church council (PCC), she was a governor of Tritlington Church of England School and in the early 1980s became a church warden with Horsley Storey when St Cuthbert’s became a parish in its own right.

She has overseen many changes within the parish, including working with the Hebron Community Association to secure lottery funding to add a kitchen and toilet facilities to the building, which is both a church and village hall.

After a few interregnums, Newcastle Diocese merged Hebron with Mitford, first under the leadership of Rev David Mayhew and since 2010 under the leadership of Rev Joanna Dobson.

Although she is retiring from the voluntary role, Mrs Craigs will continue her involvement with St Cuthbert’s by serving on the PCC and offering her experience and local knowledge to the current church wardens, Paul Kidd and Janice Robinson.

Mr Kidd, who worked with her for three years, said: “Liz has done a remarkable service over many years to help develop and maintain a healthy church congregation in Hebron.

“She is very highly respected in the whole community and we’re very fortunate that she will continue to serve on the PCC.”

St Cuthbert’s continues to be a focal point of Hebron village life and plans are well underway for a major harvest flower and corn dolly festival event in early October, where community and church will come together to celebrate an important date in the calendar for rural areas.