A fond farewell to Little Anne

Emily Collins
August 9, 2021

A Howden “stalwart” who has spent years volunteering at Howden Shire Hall and on the estate on which she lives, was given a surprise send off by her neighbours before she makes the move to her new retirement home in York.

Anne Eshelby, known to many as Little Anne, has been a regular volunteer at the Shire Hall, serving drinks and refreshments at the hall’s cafe for many events, and she also had the honour of cutting the ribbon to re-open the venue’s cafe after renovations in 2016. The volunteer is also a well loved member of the community in the St Peter’s Close and Milton Close area of Howden where she lives with neighbour Darren Newman saying “She always has a smile and a kind word for everyone”.

Along with her volunteering at Shire Hall, Anne has also took on the role of volunteer gardener in her local area, keeping the green spaces tidy for all the residents to enjoy and planting flowers each season to brighten up the area. Anne’s grateful neighbours and friends surprised her to a big send off at Bishop’s Bar and Bistro last weekend to thank her for her years of volunteering and wish her well in her new home. Anne said: “Thank you to friends, neighbours and everybody for being so neighbourly. I’m sorry to be going but I’d rather go when I choose rather than someone else!”

Anne’s neighbours organised a surprise leaving party to say farewell to the well-loved volunteer. (05-08-66 GT)

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