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Treasurer awarded for sixty years of service

Date: 17 June 2013
A CHURCH COUNCIL-MEMBER who has given 60 years service to a church in the diocese of Guildford, has received recognition from congregation and clergy.

Peter Walker, who has been secretary, treasurer and occasionally churchwarden at St Michael’s church, Camberley, since 1953, was presented with a certificate at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) in April, to mark his incredible achievement.

“It’s marvellous, and I really wasn’t expecting it. I know I’ve been doing the job for a long time but I didn’t expect others to realise how long,” said Peter.

“Tony Moody, who is one of the churchwardens, surprised me at the Annual church meeting and presented me with the award, I was thrilled, very pleased indeed and now I’ve got it hanging on my wall.”

"It was much easier back then"

Peter was once the treasurer for three churches at the same time; St Michael’s, St George’s and St Martin’s, and has worked alongside seven different vicars.

“It was much easier back then, now it’s far more complex and it’s only for one church!” He said.

Peter, who has been married to his wife Nan for 63 years, said that her support kept him going: “Nan backed me all the way; I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her help.

“It’s amazing how time goes on, but I hope I’ll be able to continue doing my job for a good few more years yet!”

"Cheerful disposition and unflinching enthusiasm"

John Case, a member of St Michael’s’ congregation and editor of the church’s magazine, described the award as a “wonderful and rare achievement”.

“Peter’s roles have been undertaken with a cheerful disposition and unflinching enthusiasm,” said John.

“Long may he continue to use his gifts in the service of our church!”

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