ORGANIST at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Bury, Ian Stearn, is leaving after 32 years in the role. During that time he has played at services in the church, toucing almost every family in the village, with family funerals, weddings, Christmas and Easter celebrations.
In addition, he has been responsible for the church choir, which is now a feature of services in Bury and Coldwaltham.
He came to the village to teach music at Dorset House School as a musically talented young man, and is now about to retire from his position as director of music at Dorset House School, in Bury, which began in 1979, along with his role as church organist.
Mr Stearn studied the organ with Richard Latham and Nicholas Danby and piano with Alastair Graham at the Royal College of Music.
Also he has sung with Arun Choral Society for a number of years and was appointed assistant to John Henville there in 2004.
In his spare time he likes to relax with crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and good books and is looking forward to retiring to a house with a lot of gardening to do.
Church warden Tom Aldridge said: “Ian is certainly going to be missed. The church is arranging to give him a leaving present so that he will remember his many years in Bury, and of course to wish him well in his retirement. He will be a hard act to follow and to date we have no one to replace him.”