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Janet Lindsay celebrates 25 years as a Verger at St Andrews Church, Bedford

At our AGM this year, one of our members Janet Lindsay announced she was celebrating 25 years as a verger at St Andrews Church in Bedford in March. So on March 7th the church had a celebration for this. Another member Gareth Burrows who has taken over from Janet as verger (Janet has become Verger Emeritus) invited branch members to the church service and celebration. 3 branch members plus our area leader Mike Golby and his wife were able to attend. Mike brought with him the Millennium Verge for Janet to process in with at the service. This was all without Janet’s knowledge and so she was really surprised and overwhelmed when people turned up to robe and process in with her. After the service there were speeches by Janet’s first and current Vicars and the curate read out messages from past curates and other well-wishers who could not be at the celebration including an Ode to Janet as a Verger from one of them. Janet was presented by the church with an engraved Silver Salver and flowers. There was also a special cake to cut for all those present to partake.