Jenny Dent retires 30 april 2012

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Friends say farewell to Jenny at Church House, AldfordJenny Dent retired after nearly 30 years of faithful service to the Diocese of Chester as part of our administrative team. Mum-of-two Jenny, aged 65, first worked as a secretary in the Swinging 'Sixties in Manchester. In her first role for the diocese, she was a secretary based in Abbey Square, and later worked at the old Church House in Raymond Street, Chester, before coming to our current office sat Aldford, where she has worked in support of various departments covering ministry, mission, social responsibility DAC functions.

Many old friends and colleagues who Jenny has worked with over the years attended a splendid leaving lunch and presentation for her in Aldford at the end of April (PICTURED).

Among the honoured guests were: Doreen Thompson, Hilary Johnson, Val Bishop, the Revd Canon Donald Marr, the Revd Canon Barrie Gauge and the Revd Canon Tony Sparham, and former Diocesan Secretary John Mason.

And warm applause and best wishes for retirement were expressed to Jenny by a big turn-out of the people who currently work at Church House and in wider ministry.

Jenny, who is married to the Vicar of Willaston, Wirral, the Revd Ray Dent, was given many bunches of flowers and plants, and she was presented by Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson, on behalf of all staff, with a gift of vouchers for a garden swing- seat.

Director of Ministry Chris Burkett entertained the leaving party by singing a specially adapted version of a well-known song: ““Oh dear what can the matter be / Our Jenny’s going, what a catastrophe / She's been here since Gladstone was Premier / What will we do when she's gone!”

And Director of Social Responsibility Janice Mason made a speech outlining Jenny’s many qualities, which included “an excellent, photographic memory and a particular interest in the detail”.

When Jenny first started work for the diocese in 1982 – in what was intended to be a temporary post – Time magazine had awarded the ‘Person of the Year’ title to the computer, a gallon of petrol cost just £1.59, and Margaret Thatcher was PM, the farewell party was told by Janice Mason.

Jenny said: “It was a fun-filled and emotional leaving do. I have such marvellous memories of working for the Church, and I will miss the warm fellowship and all the great banter.

“I shall be talking it easy for a while, and enjoying the summer, if it ever arrives, and of course I have parish activities and grandchildren to keep me busy.

“Once I’ve had time to think and take stock, I’d perhaps like to take up some hobbies, and one thing I’ve thought of is reading to people who are in the local hospice and hospitals.”

Jenny cuts here retirement cake

Jenny with former employees and office holders she used to work with