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Ann Ashton St Anns sMrs Ann Ashton retired on 24 October after working for 41 years as a School Cook at St Ann’s Catholic Primary School, Stocksbridge, where Ann has worked since the first day the school opened in 1973.

Ann is a member of St Ann’s parish in Deepcar.  She has also served two terms of office as a school Governor and has helped raise thousands of pounds over the years for the school fund.

Ann had a special leaving assembly and received gifts, cards and flowers from everyone.

However, the moment that brought tears to her eyes was when Parish Priest, Fr Stan Maciuszek presented her with a certificate of apostolic blessing from the Vatican.

Ann said she will miss the children more than anything and has promised to return to school soon to be a reading volunteer.