Bob completes 70 years with St Andrew's Choir 

26th June 2018
BOB BOARDLEY 2018A Gorleston man, Robert (Bob) Boardley, has recently completed 70 years as a member of St Andrew’s Church Choir and congregation
On Sunday June 17th, Bob was presented with a special Royal School of Church Music medallion for his choir membership and a beautifully engraved cut glass bowl for his services to the church.  The medallion presented is thought to be one of the first to be given to any choir person, being a new addition to a range of service medals that are available for choral services from The RSCM
A specially baked cake (baked by Dr Patrick Thompson) was also presented the spoils of which were enjoyed by the congregation after the service on Sunday. The cake was presented by Shirley Reid and Judith Gardiner
Following the presentation Bob praised St Andrew’s Church and all in it for giving him opportunities to further his musical career in so many ways over the years. As well as having been a choir of excellent standards for over one hundred years the church has spawned the likes of the much vaunted Breydon Chorale (of which he was a founder member), The St Andrews Music Festival (of which he was a founder member) and is now a regular venue for The G and Singers and the Gorleston Community Choir
 In his Church life Bob has served on The Parochial Council as secretary for 6 years, heads up the Chapter House Development Committee and acts as assistant choirmaster and conductor serving under the tutelage of Tony Jaye, the Resident Choirmaster
In his private life Bob has served in the electrical industry until his recent retirement in 2014; has owned and run a nursing home in Park Road;  has been the Secretary of the now-defunct Gt Yarmouth Choral Society; and is currently acting as Chairman and Secretary to The G and S Singers (previously known as The Gt Yarmouth Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He also sings With St Margaret’s Church Choir in Lowestoft as a member of their chorale evensong ensemble
Bob is now 77 years old and hopes to complete a further ten years at least at St Andrew’s carrying on in all his capacities
Bob is at pains to point out that without the encouragement of the current and past vicars and PCC his work at the church could not have carried on.  He feels, therefore, that his accolades should be shared at least in part by all his friends and colleagues and all those unsung heroes who have enabled him to do what he is currently doing and hopes to do in the future
Photo:  Bob receiving his awards from the Choirmaster, Tony Jaye