Sunday, 26 September 2021

School kitchen help retires after 23 years

A WARGRAVE woman has retired from her job as a kitchen assistant at Piggott Infant School after 23 years, writes

A WARGRAVE woman has retired from her job as a kitchen assistant at Piggott Infant School after 23 years, writes Sian Gordon.

Staff at the Beverley Gardens school held a special assembly for Jessie Avery.

She was presented with a card and flowers and Caterlink, the school’s catering company, provided a cake for the occasion.

Mrs Avery, of Victoria Road, Wargrave, said she would miss the children’s smiles.

She said: “I have two grown-up sons who both went through the school but I didn’t start the job through them.

“I was asked by one of my neighbours who was the secretary for the school at the time. She wondered if I would fit the bill.

“I was doing other little jobs at the time like cleaning, so I started doing an hour a day helping with serving and cleaning up at lunchtime. As time went on, different cooks came and went and I ended up doing about eight hours a week.

“I have lots of memories and still keep in touch with a few people I met at the school when I started.”

Now in her seventies, Mrs Avery decided that it was time to step down.

She said: “I am a pensioner and did not think I could carry on physically.

“I was poorly over Christmas and my son has insisted that I give it up so that’s what I have decided to do.

“The school held an assembly, which I was nervous about initially but it was lovely.

“I will miss seeing the children — they are so innocent when they are at infant school.

“You get to know them over time and they tell you little stories which is nice. I will miss their smiling faces.”

“I was asked by one of my neighbours who was the secretary for the school at the time. She wondered if I would fit the bill.

“I was doing other little jobs at the time like cleaning, so I started doing an hour a day helping with serving and cleaning up at lunchtime. As time went on, different cooks came and went and I ended up doing about eight hours a week.

“I have lots of memories and still keep in touch with a few people I met at the school when I started.”

Now in her seventies, Mrs Avery decided that it was time to step down.

She said: “I am a pensioner and did not think I could carry on physically.

“I was poorly over Christmas and my son has insisted that I give it up so that’s what I have decided to do.

“The school held an assembly, which I was nervous about initially but it was lovely.

“I will miss seeing the children — they are so innocent when they are at infant school.

“You get to know them over time and they tell you little stories which is nice. I will miss their smiling faces.”

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