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 Michaelâ€™s church, Camberley, since 1953, was presented with a certificate at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) in April, to mark his incredible achievement.
â€œItâ€™s marvellous, and I really wasnâ€™t expecting it. I know Iâ€™ve been doing the job for a long time but I didnâ€™t expect others to realise how long,â€ said Peter.
â€œTony 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 Iâ€™ve got it hanging on my wall.â€
"It was much easier back then"
Peter was once the treasurer for three churches at the same time; St Michaelâ€™s, St Georgeâ€™s and St Martinâ€™s, and has worked alongside seven different vicars.
â€œIt was much easier back then, now itâ€™s far more complex and itâ€™s only for one church!â€ He said.
Peter, who has been married to his wife Nan for 63 years, said that her support kept him going: â€œNan backed me all the way; I wouldnâ€™t have been able to do it without her help.
â€œItâ€™s amazing how time goes on, but I hope Iâ€™ll be able to continue doing my job for a good few more years yet!â€
"Cheerful disposition and unflinching enthusiasm"
John Case, a member of St Michaelâ€™sâ€™ congregation and editor of the churchâ€™s magazine, described the award as a â€œwonderful and rare achievementâ€.
â€œPeterâ€™s roles have been undertaken with a cheerful disposition and unflinching enthusiasm,â€ said John.
â€œLong may he continue to use his gifts in the service of our church!â€