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137 years in tune

BETWEEN THEM, William and Hilary Edwards have given 137 years as choristers to St John the Baptist’s, Lea, in Hereford diocese.


He has served for 72 years, she for 65; and both of them have given “tremendous service to the parish in other ways,” says the Vicar, the Revd Trish Grigor.


Mr Edwards, who was born in the parish and is now 82, was a churchwarden for 21 years, and still keeps the burial register.


Mrs Edwards, who came to Lea as a child, was PCC secretary, Akela to the Cubs, and edited the parish newsletter. They were always very encouraging to young choristers, says Miss Grigor.


She tells me that both have had bouts of serious ill health, Mr Edwards most recently, “but have always risen above it and carried on”.




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