Winscombe primary caretaker retires after more than 40 years service

Ian Hind has retired as Winscombe Primary School caretaker after 42 years in the job.

Ian Hind has retired as Winscombe Primary School caretaker after 42 years in the job. - Credit: Winscombe Primary School

Winscombe Primary School has bid farewell to one of its longest-serving staff members, caretaker Mr Hine.

The school was known as Woodborough Primary School when he first joined as caretaker.

The school was known as Woodborough Primary School when he first joined as caretaker. - Credit: Winscombe Primary School

Ian joined the school 42 years ago – when it was known as Woodborough Primary.

During the past four decades, he has taken up multiple posts alongside his caretaking role.

Mr Hind served as a firefighter for 27 years of his time at Winscombe Primary School.

Mr Hind served as a firefighter for 27 years of his time at Winscombe Primary School. - Credit: Winscombe Primary School

For 27 years Mr Hine served as a firefighter at Winscombe’s retained fire station which would require him to down tools and join a call when needed.

Five headteachers have come and gone during his tenure and current federation bursar, Mrs Balcombe remembers Ian from her time as a student.


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A ceremony was held in the school’s playground with Ian and his Celia, who also spent 20 years at the school as a dinner lady.

A thank you speech was delivered by headteacher Miss Muxworthy and the couple were presented with a card and gift from students, staff and parents.

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