The former Curate of churches in Awsworth, Trowell and Cossall has bid an an emotional goodbye to her packed congregation as she retires after eight years in the role.
Surrounded by family and friends, the Revd.Canon Joan Whysall said a fond farewell to Christchurch, Cinderhill and was presented with special retirement gifts and cut a cake to mark the end of an era.
Canon Whysall has ministered at Christchurch since 2005 and helped to transform it into a more modern church.
Even in the face of personal tragedy with the passing of her devoted husband Don and her own failing health, Canon Whysall still managed to fulfil her promise made to parishioners that she would work to create a more welcoming church.
She said: “I wanted to secure the future of Christchurch and led a campaign for a ‘new church’.
“This came to fruition with a massive make-over last year and now it is a very modern and welcoming church.
She added: “I am proud of everyone who has played a part in its revival.”
Church friend and stalwart Sylvia Brotherhood led a host of tributes to Canon Whysall at the retirement party.
She said: “Reverend Joan has been our rock and she has left us a rich legacy which has ensured the church’s future for many years to come.”
Canon Whysall taught for 18-years at Chaucer Infants in Ilkeston and was also at Trowell C of E Primary School.