After my surgeries at Jackmans and Great Ashby on Saturday, it was off to St Albans with Christine for Bishop Christopher Herbert’s retirement service. Our local clergy paraded through the Abbey and there was a good turn out of supporters from North East Hertfordshire. Christopher has been excellent at keeping in touch with local MPs and every Christmas he has invited all MPs over to his home at the Abbey for morning coffee and some of his wife Jan’s mince pies as we discuss the great ethical issues in front of a roaring fire. Christopher has taken a big part at Westminster in the House of Lords, where he was known for his careful scholarship and kindly manner, as well as working very hard in the Diocese. I was glad to be there and the Bishops of Hertford and Bedford gave excellent tributes and Christopher made a moving speech thanking all who had helped him over the past 18 years.
We will miss Christopher and Jan. The presentations included a new bike and I hope he enjoys the ride ahead.