Organist thanked for her 45 years’ service

Pat Hopper and members of the St Robert's Choir.
Pat Hopper and members of the St Robert's Choir.

A huge thank you has been given to a woman who has played the church organ and led the choir for more than 45 years.

St Roberts RC Church is extremely grateful to Pat Hopper for her hard work over the last four-and-a-half decades.

Pat joined the choir in the early 1970s. At the time the church paid an organist and choir master Dr Paul Arthur. Pat had played the piano from being a child and was keen to learn the organ when Dr Arthur suggested she had a go. He helped Pat learn how to play with stops, different key boards and pedals. Pat took to it like a duck to water.

When Dr Arthur left the area the choir was without an organist and choir leader so Pat told the priest at the time Fr Wilkinson that she was willing to give it a go in a voluntary capacity.

And she has led the choir and played the organ at 11am Mass ever since. She has seen five parish priests come and go, played many weddings, funerals, Christmas, Easter and other church services.

She has played for the school and at St George’s Hospital for its Saturday morning service.

She was also nominated for a Shining a Light on Excellence Award in 2013 for her 40 years’ service as a volunteer.

Pat is taking some time out from the choir and the organ, but she will pop in to play from time to time.