Tea party as CVS pair retire

Viv Bannister, left, and Jill Lawson with friends and colleagues at Ripon Community House.
Viv Bannister, left, and Jill Lawson with friends and colleagues at Ripon Community House.
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A tea party celebration was held at Ripon Community House to mark the retirement of two long serving members of staff from Harrogate and Ripon CVS.

Between them Jill Lawson and Viv Bannister have clocked up more than 30 years of service and are known to many local people and voluntary and community groups.

For 15 years Viv managed the Ripon and Rural Wellbeing service which provides support to elderly and vulnerable people to help them stay independent at home.

As admin officer for the CVS for 18 years, Jill has been the focal point for providing advice and information on all things voluntary both in the city and the surrounding rural areas, helping to compile the monthly events bulletins, signpost people to services, support volunteers and ensure the smooth running of the CVS office.

The tea party brought together current and past staff, volunteers, clients and trustees.

Former Ripon CVS chief executive Lynette Barnes thanked both Jill and Viv for their tremendous loyalty and support over the years, recounting tales of Viv’s interview and Jill’s vital role in supporting the whole team.

Jill and Viv were joined by their families and spoke fondly of their experience of working at Ripon CVS over the years.

Gifts, flowers and cards were presented and photos of past exploits displayed, together with a fabulous cake made by Viv.

Current Harrogate and Ripon CVS chief executive Karen Weaver wished Jill and Viv a long and happy retirement on behalf of everyone present and said she hoped they would keep in touch and perhaps even return as volunteers.

Jane Cozens has now started in post as the new Ripon and Rural Wellbeing Service manager.