Chris Woodward retirement June 2015

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undefinedChris Woodward has retired as diocesan Schools Assets Officer after more than 26 years of faithful service. Nearly 50 people attended a farewell reception and buffet lunch for her at Church House, Daresbury, on Monday 29 June.

Guests included Bishops Libby and Keith, and many professional contacts that Chris worked with over the years.

Chris was presented with a beautiful wristwatch, bought for her by the people she’s worked with in schools. Her colleagues at Church House bought Chris a garden chair – and there were several other farewell gifts.

Bebington-born Chris is the daughter of a police officer and a college lecturer. She grew up in several parts of Cheshire.  For the past 37 years she’s lived in Gresford, near Wrexham, and is a member of the Anglican church there. Chris is married to Gerald, and is a mum of two grown-up children.

She was appointed Financial Assistant (Schools) on 1 February 1989, a part-time post. She was promoted to School Assets Officer in 1990, a post which eventually became full-time, and which she held until her retirement.

Jeff Turnbull, Diocesan Director of Education said: “Chris has been a wonderful and faithful supporter of schools and trustees in the diocese.  She is a true team-player and has been key to developing the work ethic of the education department.”

In a moving moment from the farewell party, Jeff told Chris: “Your post has been filled – but you will never be replaced!”

On one occasion, Jeff revealed, when Chris was attending a conference near London, it was assumed that her name must be that of a man and she was roomed on the men’s corridor with facilities that did not include en-suite bathrooms!

Chris said:  “It is a tremendous wrench, leaving all the great friends I work with, and indeed the work which I’ve enjoyed so much down through the years.”

We all wish Chris a peaceful, happy and active retirement.

Above - Chris with Jeff Turnbull and the gift of a watch

Below - Chris at her desk on her last day at work, with her colleagues, and (bottom picture) the splendid retirement buffet lunch gets underway