by Margaret Duggan
years, Ken Leach has been a server at
diocese, a record broken only by his time in the RAF when he
remembers serving at Christmas mass in
He has been
faithful to the Anglo-Catholic tradition all his life, serving on Sundays and
mid-week since he was 12 years old.
has been totally dedicated to everything he has done, says the Vicar of
Wantage, the Revd John Salter. Mr Leach was a member and secretary of the PCC;
and his other great interest has been the British Legion, and brilliantly
marshalling the parade on Remembrance Day.
birthday was celebrated by a visit from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet to sing the
mass, Mr Salter tells me. Now, at 82, Mr Leach has decided to retire as server,
“and it was difficult to think what to give him.”
Salter had a friend in Rome who procured a certificate of papal blessing
(pictured), and Mr Leach received it with tears in his eyes, and has had it
framed to hang in his sitting-room.