On a particularly cold, windy and altogether perfectly dismal St Valentine’s Day Mike the Treasurer, Brian Events Organiser and myself welcomed three visitors from our mother organisation: Matthew Saunders, an outgoing (retiring) Director of Friends of Friendless Churches, Rachel Morley, Director Designate, due to take over next month, and Rebecca Whewell, Assistant Secretary. What the weather did not deliver, we more than made up for with our dedication and enthusiasm. It was Matthew’s second only visit to Caldecote, the first one being exactly ten years ago, when it coincided with setting up Caldecote Church Friends by Peter Robbins. (Peter unfortunately could not accompany us due to illness). I’d like to think that he favourably noted the “before” and “after” of the ten years in between!
Matthew delighted in re-discovering all the church’s interesting and significant features and duly documented them on camera. A warm, modest and most charming man, with encyclopaedic knowledge of all things church, it was a pleasure and a delight to talk and listen to him.
Rachel on the other hand, a lovely and personable young lady, full of zeal and enthusiasm, tried to take note of as much as she could of the church’s architecture and history but also found time to listen to some of our concerns. She promised to address the most pressing ones as new Director next month, much to our delight.
We hope that Rebecca also enjoyed her visit in Caldecote – her first I think! She very quietly and very tactfully stayed back, allowing Matthew and Rachel to spend as much time with us as possible.
It will be a sad day to see Matthew Saunders depart from FoFC, however, he is leaving the company in very capable hands of Rachel Morley who (it was obvious from the visit) is set to continue his sterling work with equal dedication and commitment and in time will, no doubt, make her own mark on its continued success in saving historical landmarks under threat.