The dinner lady who’s always been keen on home comforts

Saying goodbye: Retiring dinner lady Anne Green with pupils Jordan Waltham, Mustafa Rifat, Finlay Peters and Zoe Chappell.
Saying goodbye: Retiring dinner lady Anne Green with pupils Jordan Waltham, Mustafa Rifat, Finlay Peters and Zoe Chappell.

RETIRING dinner lady Anne Green is the perfect advocate for Lincolnshire – she’s lived here all her life and rarely ventures over the county border.

The furthest Anne (66) has travelled during her life is to Great Yarmouth on a day trip.

She has been a dinner lady at St Bartholomew’s Primary School in West Pinchbeck for 30 years but has been forced to give up the job she loves due to a back problem.

She was unable to return to work after Christmas but officially retired last week when the school threw her a leaving party.

She said: “I absolutely love the job. I love children, spending time with them and helping them.

“I’m really sad to have to leave and definitely can’t break the ties altogether – I’ll still be helping out with the Friday Fun club.

“I have some very special memories of the school, it’s a wonderful place to work.”

Anne spent her early years in Gosberton Risegate and moved to West Pinchbeck when she married husband Raymond (77) almost 49 years ago.

The couple have four children – Brian, Ian, Trish and Simon – who were all schooled at St Bartholomew’s, as were four of her nine grandchildren.

Anne, who has worked under five different headteachers during her time at the school, was presented with a meerkat garden ornament, a bird table and a garden centre voucher, which she has used to buy a bird bath.

She added: “I love being in the garden. I can’t do so much now because of my back, but I spend a lot of time out there.”

Anne has no plans to break the habit of a lifetime now she is retired.

She said: “I’ve never been on a plane and I hate the idea of flying.

“I love Lincolnshire and won’t be leaving it very often.”