A fond farewell for Reverend Greg Windsor and wife Rhonda
STANTHORPE will farewell two special people in the next week when Reverend Greg Windsor and his wife Rhonda leave for Charters Towers.
For the past five and a half years the Anglican Church reverend and his wife have provided their services to the Granite Belt but a desire to be closer to their children was the impetus for the move.
They've both been heavily involved in the community with Rev Windsor visiting hospitals and nursing homes for services as well as working with the Men's Shed. Mrs Windsor has also been busy, serving as a religious education co-ordinator and volunteering with multiple community groups.
Rev Windsor said he had enjoyed his time in the region and would miss being part of the community.
"The people are what we'll miss most," he said.
"We've had really great support from the people here. They're just a different group of people who are really supportive.
"But there comes a time to move on."
Mrs Windsor said a desire to be closer to their children, based in Townsville, was the deciding factor.
"We're moving on closer to family," she said.
"We've really loved it here, it's great. We will be sad but we have to think of the fact we'll be closer to family."
Rev Windsor said the community had supported both of them during their time in Stanthorpe.
"They really expressed their Christianity by the way they've supported us," he said.
"We've had a fundraiser for the drought relief, Red Cross, we've raised money together."
While he has enjoyed his time here Rev Windsor said he won't miss everything.
"I won't miss chopping wood, it's a novelty at first but it wears off," he said.
The couple will relocate to St Pauls at Charters Towers.
"What will we miss about Stanthorpe? The people," Mrs Windsor said.
"They're so warm-hearted and they're just lovely people. Not just church people, it's Stanthorpe all over.
"I've made a lot of friends since we've been here.
"It's been wonderful. It's just the people in the town."