There are very few statements truer than ‘you are busier once you have retired than when you were working.’ As retirement beckoned from a life time as an academic and consultant, I imagined a relaxing time to be spent with my wife Jackie, pottering in the garden and on the allotment and pursuing some of those hobbies I enjoyed but had neglected over the years through lack of time.
But God had a different idea. He wanted me to be licensed as a Lay Reader and three years of retirement have been spent ‘returning to school’ to train. I never saw that coming! Throughout my working life I have always strived to help people improve and be the best they can in their chosen professional field. Now I am trying to do the same for the faith of God’s family in the Walgrave benefice.
Lay Pastoral Minister
My husband and I moved with our three young children to Old 32 years ago. When my youngest child started school, I decided to train as a psychiatric nurse . I also decided to train as a counsellor and have had experience in various types of counselling.
On retiring I became more involved with the Church. In the early years I took on the role of Church Warden. I am involved with various aspects of the church including fund raising. I have run a Good News Club at Walgrave Primary school for about 14 years.
I completed Lay Pastoral Minister training four years ago . Over the years I have supported many people who were going through a difficult time, many of whom had a lost a love one.
Lay Pastoral Minister
We moved to Old over 26 years ago in which time I've been involved with many of the organisations - Old Parish Charities, Parish Council, WOW, Village Voices, Bowls Club and St Andrews.
I attended church on a very regular basis throughout my childhood and whilst at university. Then 'life' got in the way. A desire to have our first son baptised and the death of both of my parents in my early 30s rekindled my journey of faith. It was after a car accident which had a pretty big impact on me physically and on the whole family as a consequence, that I decided to attend an Alpha course....four years ago I was licensed as a Pastoral Minister. I lead a bible study group, visit past residents in nursing homes and provide a Christian outlook on those who request a listening ear.
'Church' is not just for Sundays - my faith carries me through the week.
We arrived in the benefice in 1993, and live near Mawsley. I am married to Judith, with three sons Richard, Julian and Matthew.
My interests are trains, castles, and more recently bell-ringing. I am currently addicted to sleuth series such as Vera, Poirot and Endeavour (young Morse).
My commitments are garden and property maintenance. When extracted from these, we enjoy visiting National Trust properties and holidaying.
I found true faith after attending an Alpha course in the benefice. Worship, bible study groups and Cursillo group reunion are essential to maintaining my faith. I was licensed as a Reader in 2016.
Lay Worship Minister
I am a Church Warden and Lay Worship leader at St Peters Church in Walgrave. I have worshipped there for a little over 15 years and have lived in Walgrave for 17 years. My faith has supported me in all our good and not so good times and it remains core to my everyday life.
I have a lovely husband Rob and am Mum to our big son Matthew and Mummy to our littler son William. Matthew has blessed us with twin grandchildren Isabella and Louie. As a family we are either in Church or the pub in Walgrave both are second homes to us!!
Alfie, our dog, is another member of our family. He is the shouty dog up the alley way off Rectory Lane