December 4 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
A village bench has been dedicated to a much-missed Norfolk vicar who died weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Tributes were paid to Reverend Neil Spencer on Wednesday when people of Ormesby St Michael, near Great Yarmouth, held for an open air civic service to dedicate a community bench in his memory..
Rev Spencer, who died in January last year, was well-known and well-liked across the three Flegg parishes he served for his humour and ability to connect with people.
The bench on Ormesby St Michael village green honours his life, and in particular his work with the village’s Fuel Allotment Trust charity where he was able to help distribute vital funds to parishioners experiencing financial hardship.
Friends, family, and clergy were joined by county and borough councillors at the service organised by Ormesby St Michael parish council, and afterwards guests including Rev Neil’s widow, Carrie Spencer, attended a reception at the village hall.