Welwyn Garden City stalwart retires from charity

A WGC stalwart has been given a farewell party after retiring as a trustee of a charity.

Dr Dennis Lewis’ 33 years of work at Jubilee House Care Trust was celebrated at the event last month.

The former Welwyn Hatfield Tory councillor had officially opened the short stay facility in Grove Meadow, WGC, in 1977, when he was council chairman.

Welwyn Hatfield mayor Howard Morgan, board members and former trustees of the charity – which provides care and support for adults and children with a learning disability – came together to honour Dr Lewis’ dedicated support.

The 81-year-old, of The Links, WGC, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times he had no idea a party had been planned.

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He said: “It was a complete surprise when my wife and I turned up at Grove Meadow in response to an invitation to “afternoon tea” from Catharine Hopper, the chief executive.

“Most of my board colleagues were there, along with many of the staff.

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“It was a delight to see many of the youngsters who enjoy the facilities there too – some of them helping me out with my speech of thanks!”

Godfrey Holmes, president of the organisation, and Ms Hopper, gave speeches on how Dr Lewis had provided steady, consistent and valuable support, contributing to the achievements of the organisation.

But Dr Lewis said: “I was a member of a very effective team, with excellent leadership and a wonderful group of dedicated and committed staff.

“I shall miss the trust but know it will go from strength to strength.

“As a member I shall continue to take an interest in their activities.”

Viv Bonner, of Jubilee House Care Trust, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times Dr Lewis would be missed.

She said: “Jubilee House will not only miss the wealth of experience and knowledge that Dennis has brought to the organisation but the kindness, loyalty and good humour!”

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