Issued: June 7, 2019
Surprise tea party celebrates caretaker's 40 years service
A surprise tea party has been held to mark Epping Hall caretaker Jeanette Tappenden's 40 years' service with Epping Town Council.
Council staff past and present joined councillors and members of Jeanette's family for afternoon tea at the 'Julie's At Stonards' cafe at the Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping on Tuesday - 40 years to the day that Mrs Tappenden began working with the town council.
Since Monday, June 4 1979, Mrs Tappenden has worked with countless members of town council staff, including seven town council clerks and with 39 different Town Mayors.
Present Mayor Grahame Scruton, before presenting Mrs Tappenden with an anniversary gift and flowers, paid tribute to her contribution to the town council over four decades and thanked her for her "dedication and commitment to the town council and for the special extras that make you a special employee".