Bigger garden beckons as Reverend Ann gets set for a farewell near Hitchin

Rev Ann Pollington with pupils from St Ippolyts C of E Primary

Rev Ann Pollington with pupils from St Ippolyts C of E Primary - Credit: Archant

A popular priest is moving to pastures new after eight years in St Ippolyts – after baptising her 100th child in the village.

Rev Ann Pollington

Rev Ann Pollington - Credit: Archant

The Rev Ann Pollington, whose parish covers both St Ippolyts and Great and Little Wymondley, is heading to a new patch in Kent.

She said: “I have loved being the vicar here and sharing in people’s joys and being with them in moments of sadness, it is a privilege.”

But it’s not all about religion as green-fingered Ann also enjoys a spot of gardening – which is just as well, as the St Ippolyts vicarage has a large garden and her new home in Cranbrook has an every bigger one.

Ann said: “Gardening keeps you in touch with the seasons of the year and keeps your feet on the ground, in case you get any grandiose ideas about yourself.

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“From mowing lawns to digging up potatoes, getting your hands dirty is no bad thing.

“I baptised two little girls last week and it was only when I filled in the register I realised I’d baptised my 100th and 101st child in St Ippolyts.

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“Two of the achievements I’m proud of are setting up the monthly community lunches and the toddlers’ service – but there’s also been many other fun things including dying my hair purple in aid of Children in Need.

“Over the years I’ve been asked why does nearly everything I do involve food. Well, the answer is Jesus.

“He ate with all his friends and with 5,000 strangers, so it seems natural for me to eat with friends and strangers too.”

A farewell service is being held in the parish church on Tuesday night, from 7.30pm.

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