Earby organist bring up his half century

Rodney Greenwood with his celebratory cake.
Rodney Greenwood with his celebratory cake.

A church organist who has completed an impressive half century of service at All Saints Parish Church in Earby has been recognised in a commemorative presentation as a thank-you for his years of hard work.

On Sunday, March 19th a presentation was made to church organist, Rodney Greenwood, for his wonderful and faithful 50 years of service to All Saints and the community.

While Rodney had been on holiday visiting his son in New Zealand, the congregation donated money for his gift and card, while was passed around the church and was soon full of wonderful messages and thanks.

Vera Cocker, Church Warden at All Saints, said: "It certainly is a wonderful achievement."

After normal notices had been read out by Reverend Hugh Fielden, Rodney - along with his wife and daughter, who slipped into church as the service started - was asked to join Reverend Fielden in the chancel for a very special notice.

Hugh spoke of Rodney's faithful service, before the card and a gift - a Burnley season ticket - were presented to Rodney by Vera. This was followed by the presentation of a knitted church mouse decked out in claret and blue, along with a cake, while a bouquet was presented to Martha, Rodney's wife.

Rodney began learning to play the piano aged 11, and agreed to cover for the organist at All Saints at the age of 18, playing astutely despite his lack of experience as he performed at weddings from an early age, overcoming the "steep learning curve" at All Saints and playing some hymns one-handed.