Rector Says Farewell
Hethersett and the
Meltons said farewell to their Rector The Rev Di Lammas with a special
sung Eucharist service and a number of tributes in St Remigius Church,
As reported last week the
Rev Lammas is retiring after 17 years in Norfolk and in her final sermon
looked back on the day 33 years previously when she had been made a
Deaconess in Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire.
The Hethersett service
featured some of her favourite hymns and readings, along with communion
and a blessing from the congregation to the Rector.
One of her final official
duties was to accept a cheque from the summer’s flower festival in St
Remigius’ Church. The event, which had an Olympic theme, raised £4,300
towards the £93,000 urgently needed to repair the church roof. The
presentation was made by festival organisers Adele Kent and Monica Moore.
The Eucharist service
concluded with a spontaneous round of applause and three cheers from the
congregation of over 200 people representing Hethersett, Great Melton and
Little Melton. Afterwards there was a celebration lunch where Margaret
Waller, churchwarden of Little Melton Parish Church, led the accolades to
the Rev Lammas.
“The seventeen years
have seen some good times but also some difficult times, but today we are
here to celebrate. Di always helped people with a need and her services
were always special.
“We will always
remember her turning up to events laden with cakes which she had baked at
the rectory. We will miss what have become known as the rectory cakes,”
Mrs Waller said before presenting the Rev Lammas with a cheque from the
three parishes which she will use to buy a greenhouse for her retirement
home in Pakefield.
“It has been such a
privilege for me to work in the three parishes. I would like to thank
everyone for their love and support over so many years,” Rev Lammas
The farewell also featured music from the rector’s favourite group Abba and the playing of the song after which she was named – Diane by the Bachelors.