Beryl and Eric’s final cuppas after 42 years

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Two churchgoers have poured their final cups of tea for the congregation.

Eric Jakes, 84, and Beryl Goodship, 86, were the first people to serve drinks after the Sunday morning service at St Mary’s Church in Potton 42 years ago.

And they continued serving tea, coffee and biscuits until putting down the kettle on Sunday, October 14.

The refreshments are served in St Mary’s Church Hall, opposite the Hatley Road church, The pair were able to start this tradition when the hall was extended and a new kitchen installed.

For many years they gave the proceeds to the Sunday school, which they both ran and after this closed they transferred the funds to the Children’s Society.

Reverend Gill Smith, priest in charge of St Mary’s Church, said: “I’d like to say on behalf of the church how we are so proud of Beryl and Eric and their commitment and faithfulness, serving us throughout those years week in and week out without a break. We’ll miss them very much. Teas and coffees will never be the same again.”

To read the full story see the Biggleswade Chronicle of Friday, October 26.