Reverend Jan has asked me to write this month’s letter as she is taking time off to restore her energy after the very hectic Christmas celebrations. Thank you Jan for giving me the opportunity to wish you all peace and togetherness in 2021.
There is also method in her madness when Jan asked me to write this piece. I have recently been made second Warden, a position which remained unfilled for many months. I now know why. I am lucky to step into the shoes of Julie and to have the support of Berenice, your other Warden.
To become Warden the parishioners were asked to vote for me. Who is this candidate some said, we’ve never heard of him. To put that right I shall start at a point in my life before I came up North. As a qualified Quantity Surveyor I left the UK for the Middle East. First Spending 6 years in Bahrain then 23 years in Dubai. One could say those were the years in the Middle East when the old Arab lifestyle was replaced by skyscrapers and amazing infrastructure projects.
For a brief period, Jayne, my wife, joined me in Dubai and we eventually moved to Hightown where Jayne’s Mum, Liz and my Mum, Pat lived. With the passing of Pat early last year, Jayne and I decided to buy her bungalow and set up shop here in Hightown. We now are residents at Brentwood Close.
We still have our ‘bolt hole’ in Spain where we enjoyed warm days walking in the Sierras and photographing the almond and cherry blossom in Spring. That is until the virus struck.
We are lucky to have found Hightown, a peaceful, village by the sea. It is such a friendly place and we enjoy going to St Stephens Church and meeting the ‘regulars’ and occasionally some new faces. From the early days of worship there we felt the warmth of your welcome and a place which encourages spiritual expression.
For those of you who did not know me before, please forgive me for not making myself known to you in a sign of friendship. I shall now creep out of the shadows and enter the light so that you will see me and I hope we will become friends. As your co Warden I will do my best to serve St Stephens Church and the Community of Hightown.
My prayers are with you all at this challenging period. May God bless us all.
Churchwarden of St. Stephens, Hightown