A busy day yesterday started with me attending a special service for Churchwardens at St. Anne’s, Tottington. All but two of the dozen of the all the surviving Churchwardens attended. I counted the number of names on the board which lists every Churchwarden since the church was established at the close of the 18th century, I am the 80th name listed – although two or three have held office on more than one occasion.
Today, history is made as my wife Susan takes over from me as one of the two Churchwardens. She was elected as the new Churchwarden at the annual meeting last month and formally sworn in by the Archdeacon a week last Wednesday. At this morning’s service she will formally take over the symbols of office and will make history in doing so. She makes history on two counts. Firstly, she becomes the first woman to take over from her husband, and secondly, for the first time ever both Churchwardens at St. Anne’s are females.