TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a much-loved volunteer at Chirk's St Mary's Church and the Station.

Len Hewittson, 89, passed away in October and was part of a group of people that tended to the grounds of both over many years.

A tribute, written by Ferelith Smith, talked of a private man with a great intelligence and inquisitive approach who was seen as guiding voice to the many volunteers that crossed his path.

"We all looked up to him and would ask his advice, listen to his wisdom, views on local and national politics and ideas on life and the universe," said Ferelith.

"He quietly taught us his way to take cuttings, prune shrubs and trees, plant bulbs, clear paths and mow grass.

"He guided us on the use of correct tools for a particular job, taught us to stand back and think things through before diving into projects.

"His favourite expression was ‘as you like', but if we pressed him further for his opinion, he’d share his thoughts and expertise.

"He was an invaluable member of the churchyard team and never wanted to miss a Friday afternoon, even if torrential rain or snow was forecast.

"Len had an excellent memory and he would be able to locate a family grave for a visitor as he knew most of the families in Chirk.

"The team spent many happy hours together with Len. He had such a dry sense of humour and many a time we were in fits of giggles.

"He stopped to inspect trees, shrubs, plants, birds and butterflies, discussing any jobs that needed to be done, and loved to sit, watch and listen to the world around him."

Ferelith also said that he enjoyed to be part of a group that gave the station its well-deserved reputation.

"On a Sunday he would be seen at Chirk station with other volunteers helping to keep the station looking great for the community and visitors," said Ferelith.

"At the end of the afternoon, he’d always ask if we needed help to carry items back to the car – a real gentleman.

"I can safely say that the whole churchyard team will always have fond memories of him and we will miss his hard work and cheeky smile each week."