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Church and community leaders have paid tribute to a West Norfolk parish priest who has died after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer.

A family funeral service will take place next week for the Rev Jane Holmes, who died last Monday, aged 63.

An online memorial page was set up following her death, with heartfelt messages and memories from the parishes she served, including Gayton, Grimston and Massingham.

Rev Jane Holmes, Gayton (44460917)
Rev Jane Holmes, Gayton (44460917)

The Venerable Ian Bentley, Archdeadon of Lynn, said: “The Rev Jane Holmes was a much loved and highly respected priest in the Diocese of Norwich.

“She worked tremendously hard for her parishes. She was a prayerful person, committed to extending the values of God’s Kingdom amongst her parishes. We will all miss her.”

Jane, 63, grew up on a farm in North Lincolnshire. She was ordained in 2007 and came to Gayton in 2011, where she spent the next decade serving the community as minister.

Rev Jane Holmes, Gayton (44460919)
Rev Jane Holmes, Gayton (44460919)

Gayton parish councillor, and former West Norfolk Council deputy leader, Alistair Beales said: “I’m so very sorry to hear of Jane’s death. Jane had become such an integral part of this community that it is hard to imagine a church service without her.

“So many of our girl’s school services were lit up by Jane’s enthusiasm and her way of getting the Christian message across in a way that the children not only grasped but positively embraced.”

Joanne Edwards, a teacher at Gayton Primary Academy, said: “She was a wonderful, warm lady who always went above and beyond for all. My class absolutely loved her collective worship meetings, particularly the time she performed a rap! Our whole school community will miss her.”

Describing her time in Gayton, Jane said: “I have to say I find my work here an absolute privilege. Great people, great place and a great team!

“I am passionate about teaching and sharing the love God has for us with all ages, for I know His love is just as relevant for all people today, as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow.”

Jane’s dedication to the village and its people went beyond her duty as reverend, and she particularly loved working with children at baptisms, in schools and at Messy Church.

Due to lockdown restrictions, a private family funeral will take place on February 25 at 1pm at Gayton Church.

View the memorial page online here: https://www.ggmbenefice.uk/about-us/reverend-jane.php

Donations can be made in memory of Rev Holmes for St Nicholas Church in Gayton online via www.tfs.co.uk/
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