The Enham Trust and Enham Alamein Parish Council held an Afternoon Tea to say goodbye to The Reverend Thomas Wharton and his family, who leave after 5 years in the parish.
Peta Wilkinson, Chief Executive of the Enham Trust, paid a tribute to Thomas, drawing on the experiences of the parishioners who were present for the event. "Peta told us that Thomas had a sparkle in his eye, and made everyone who came to him for help and advice feel important and cared for. People paid tribute to his musical skills, remembering his cello concerts in local churches, but Peta also mentioned, in jest, the reference by a few parishioners to his at times chaotic lifestyle." Sir George said it was a great pleasure to attend this farewell tea, and it was clear that Thomas had made an important contribution to the life of the parish while he had been there. Sir George said that Thomas and Leslie Barry, Chairman of the Enham Alamein Parish Council, had been two key players in raising the profile of Enham Alamein, and making sure that its voice was heard.