DEDICATED Alan Rosam is stepping down from looking after the near 1,000-year-old church in Ford.
Alan is leaving his role of verger at St Andrew’s Church this month after 14 years.
His role has seen him prepare the historic and atmospheric building for weddings, baptisms and funerals as well as keep its grounds clean and tidy.
He said: “It’s a well-loved church. People don’t believe it’s so nice when they come in to see it.
“I’ve enjoyed my work there but it’s time to stand down.”
The church dates from 1040 in the Saxon era.
Alan is a former police officer who retired in 1977 because of a spinal injury. He and his wife moved to Ford in the 1980s and were looking for a church to attend.
“We saw this white building in a field and wondered what it was,” he said. “We found out it was a little village church.”
The couple were immediately made welcome by the then vicar, the Rev Peter Taylor, and became regular worshippers.
Alan, of Fordwater Gardens, became more involved in November, 1999, when the church benefited from a major restoration grant.
“I helped to make the road to the church and car park from Ford Road,” he said.
The Rev Richard Hayes, the church’s vicar, paid tribute to Alan.
He said: “He has done a tremendous job. His shoes will be very difficult to fill.”