Colin and Jill Hazelwood moved to Wheathampstead in
1962, Jill taught at St. Helen's School, eventually retiring in
1992, having had a break for a few years during the '60's to be at home with her children, Claire and Mark. She trained as a Deacon
on The St. Albans Ministerial Training Scheme between 1982 and 1985 and was
ordained Priest in April 1994.
Jill is a person of great warmth, her generosity of time, her willingness to listen and
never appear to be rushed, her ability to enter into your situation, her understanding
and tolerance, all these have contributed to the way in which she has helped us on our
own personal Christian journeys. We have always known that whatever confidence
we shared with Jill would be totally secure and would be offered in prayer. Indeed her
life has been rooted and grounded in a regular pattern of prayer and worship
service to the church and the wider community , where she has applied her faith to the
issues of everyday life.
Through her role as a teacher Jill has had contact with many families in the village,
which has meant that her influence has spread far beyond the confines of the St.
Helen's and St. Peter's congregation. At Tot's Time, which with Patience Purchas she
initiated in the mid '80's, we are aware of this longstanding contact as
Jill used to teach many of the mothers who attend.
Jill has the gift of being extremely efficient, never being late for an appointment or
meeting, yet totally without the bustle which so often accompanies highly efficient
people. Equally Jill's serious nature is balanced by a delightful sense of humour and
of fun which never strays far from the surface.
Contribution by Judith Morris