BOSTON United’s long-serving club chaplain, the Rev John Moore, will be toasting his retirement with a tot of whisky – after parishioners showered him with goodbye gifts.
However, John is not hanging up his cassock altogether and will be carrying on his chaplain’s role at the club.
John joined the Bain Valley Group in 1995 and, 15 years later, his final service was held recently at St Michael’s in Coningsby.
And it was one that received the retiring reverend’s thumbs up.
“It was such a well organised service with the choir, Sunday school, bell ringers and congregation all playing their part and complementing the worship,” he said.
The Coningsby and Tattershall bell ringers played a quarter-peal in his honour as well.
John and his wife Rosemary will be retiring to Huttoft, near Alford.
With them they shall be taking gifts including a cheque for £750, plus plants, whisky, wine and chocolate bars from local children.
John came to Coningsby and Tattershall in May 1995 moving from Boston, continuing to act as the club chaplain for Boston United.
He had not been in the community long before the rector from the Thornton Group died and John took on the group which then included Coningsby, Tattershall, Thorpe, Kirkby on Bain, Roughton and Haltham.
“I have always found the Bain Valley team amiable communities, very supportive and co-operative,” said John.
“I would like to extend my thanks to The Rev Margaret Done, readers, the ministry team and the congregation - who have always worked so tirelessly in their Christian vocation.”