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Well-earned retirement for popular Crowland caretaker Jeff




A caretaker who welcomed users of Crowland's parish rooms in Hall Street or the sports hall in Postland Road has officially retired.

After five years of loyal and cheerful service, Jeff Roberts (70) has officially retired from his role as caretaker at both sites.

Suitable recognition of his work came in the form of a send-off from Crowland Parish Council members and staff at the building that was once Mr Robert's regular place of work.

Jeff and Heather Roberts (front centre) with Crowland Parish Council chairman Coun Cathi Elphee, parish clerk Brenda Stanojevic (left), assistant clerk Di Halliwell, parish councillors and staff. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-280119-025TW
Jeff and Heather Roberts (front centre) with Crowland Parish Council chairman Coun Cathi Elphee, parish clerk Brenda Stanojevic (left), assistant clerk Di Halliwell, parish councillors and staff. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-280119-025TW

He said: "The parish room caretaker's job was advertised and I applied for it.

"Then when South View Primary School moved to the old St Guthlac's School building, they didn't want the sports hall.

"So the parish council took it over and asked me if I could take care of it.

"At the time, it needed a lot of work and I'd like to thank all the parish councillors, clerks and council workers who made my job easier."

Brenda Stanojevic, parish clerk, said: "Jeff must have been with us for about five years, starting off as caretaker for the parish rooms.

"Then when we took over the sports hall in 2014, after South View Community Primary School moved into the old St Guthlac's School buildings, Jeff became caretaker for the sports hall as well.

"In fact, he was very instrumental in running the sports hall and people who used it found him to be very helpful.

"Also, anyone who hired one of the parish rooms found that Jeff was always on time and he would go the extra mile for people."

During his retirement evening at the parish rooms last Monday, which included wine and snacks, Jeff was presented with a gift and his wife Heather was given a bunch of flowers.

Former parish council chairman Coun David Ringham said: "Jeff did an excellent job, particularly at the sports hall which we wanted to keep on running for the community once the primary school had moved there.

"Jeff's efforts enabled us to provide a venue for junior football, netball and badminton.

"So it was nice to be able to invite him back to thank him officially for all that he did with the sports hall.

"We also invited Jeff and his wife to see us in the future."



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