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John and Jane Owen were presented with an engraved glass jug and a cheque from parishioners

John and Jane Owen’s Farewell Lunch 30th April 2022

After thirteen years in the benefice of Steep and Froxfield with Privett, the Rev Canon John Owen will be retiring in May 2022 and leaving the area in June. A well attended farewell lunch for John and Jane was held on 30th April 2022 in the Bedales School Dining Room.

The leaving dinner was held in Bedales Dining Room with tables decorated with wild and garden flowers.

Tables were decorated with wild and garden flowers. There were large numbers of young and old present and some were forced to eat at outside tables in the sun due to lack of space.

Older and younger members of the Steep, Froxfield and Privett communities were present

A rock choir formed of mums from Steep School and organised by fellow mum Shakira sang from the heart in tribute.

A rock choir of Steep School mums conducted by Shakira sang tributes to John

Former Steep churchwarden Richard Smith returned to give the farewell speech. The Owens were presented with an engraved jug and a cheque from Steep parishioners by churchwarden Bubbles Silk. John and Jane followed this with speeches of thanks to all.

John and Jane Owen were presented with an engraved glass jug and a cheque from parishioners
Richard Smith giving the farewell speech
Rev Canon John Owen giving his speech of thanks.
Churchwarden Bubbles Silk nearby
Words of thanks from Jane too, with the comment that the village had made her feel young

Thanks were due also to headteacher Will Goldsmith for the loan of Bedales School premises and to the school staff and the church social committee for the provision of the delicious meal.

A wonderful cake, complete with a replica of John’s Landrover, suitably rustic sheep and appropriate signage was produced by Anne Grove.

Wonderful cake made by Anne Grove
With appropriate sheep and signs

It was a most pleasant occasion, much enjoyed by all who attended.