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Minister Says Goodbye

Hethersett Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw said farewell to friends and colleagues at a special circuit service in the village. 

Rev Grimshaw, who is leaving Norfolk to become Superintendent Minister of the Ipswich Circuit in Suffolk, reminisced about his eight years in Norfolk and in particular his work with the five churches ha has had oversight of – Hethersett, Brooke, Framingham Earl, Long Stratton and Forncett. 

A special service was attended by members of Hethersett and District Churches Together as well as the Norwich Methodist Circuit and was led by Norwich Superintendent Minister the Rev John Fenn who referred to Rev Grimshaw as “One of the most careful and caring people I have ever met.” 

The service also saw the accreditation and confirmation of Hethersett Methodist Church treasurer Michael Green as a lay preacher. He was presented with a letter of support from President of the Methodist Conference the Rev Ruth Gee and offered the hand of fellowship from his fellow preachers. 

Rev Grimshaw was presented with a number of gifts from various sections of the church including a collage of frogs produced by the Hethersett Frogs youth section. His wife Karen was presented with a bouquet and daughter Emma was presented with framed photographs in recognition of her work with the children of the churches. 

“I am staggered by the number of people that have turned up. I have spent eight years trying to work out how to fill a church and obviously the answer is to leave,” Rev Grimshaw joked as he surveyed a packed building. 

He added that he was particularly proud of the work undertaken over his eight years with young people and he expressed sadness at having to say goodbye to the five churches following a period in his life that had seen his own family grow with the marriage of his daughter Amy and the birth this year of his first grandson Alexander. 

Rev Grimshaw will officially say his goodbyes to Hethersett at his final service on Sunday, which will appropriately also include the christening of Alexander. He will move to his new post in Suffolk in August after a family holiday. 

At the end of the service refreshments were provided by members of Derek’s five churches and friends of Michael.