The Vicar and Wardens presented Joy Blake with a card and a shrub rose “Benjamin Britten” in gratitude for her 40 years of devoted service to All Saints’ as organist, not only playing almost every Sunday but also for numerous weddings, funerals and other events.
Joy told the congregation that when Jack Whittaker was appointed vicar in January 1977, the previous organist had recently left. Joy and Colin Bezant were both members of the choir and Colin suggested that they should jointly apply. Joy was a little unsure as neither were trained organists but Colin said “If we offer to do it unpaid, they might accept” – and indeed they did!
Some years later, Colin moved to Yorkshire and Joy has continued ever since.