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JILL PRATT R.I.P.

Jill Pratt, one of the moving spirits behind the re-opening of St Thomas' Church Parkgate after its closure for16 years, has died in Surrey after a short illness.

With her husband Jimmy, Jill was largely responsible for organising fundraising to refurbish the building, which was rededicated by the Bishop of Chester in 2010. Since then it has become very much a centre for the Parkgate community (and will be again after the pandemic is over … we hope).
Jill and Jimmy lived in Parkgate for almost 60 years. Jill had strong local connections, having grown up in Burton, and her parents had worshipped regularly at St Thomas' Church.
Jill's enthusiasm and energy inspired everyone and her genuine kindness and friendliness touched all of us too.
In 2014 she and Jimmy moved south to be near their daughters in Teddington. Jimmy died in 2018, aged 97. Jill would have celebrated her 90th birthday on November 5th this year and the family was planning to set off some extra rockets on the day!
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, both in Parkgate and throughout the Parish of Neston.                                                                     Ina Bushell

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