Choir member George Young has just reached a remarkable landmark.  It is now sixty years since the Revd George Young, as he is also known, was ordained as a minister in the Anglican church.  In that time he has been a vicar in a range of locations, including Everton, Bolton, Buckinghamshire, Tyneside and Beckenham, where his last appointment was at St John’s in Eden Park Road.

George and Margaret - depicted in Southwark Diocese newspaper

Although theoretically retired for the past 23 years, George has been active in the leadership team of Christ Church in South Nutfield.  Until he and his wife Margaret have also been running Opportunities Through Trade, a company selling fair-trade goods both direct to the public and via local churches.  Christ Church celebrated George’s remarkable landmark with a special service followed by a bring-and-share lunch.

George says: “The celebration was a joyful occasion in which we tried hard to ensure the focus was on God’s faithfulness rather than on me. After all, we only reached this landmark because I lived long enough!”

George, a top tenor, joined the choir five years ago.  He says: “I enjoy the breadth of the repertoire and the camaraderie.”