I am a Diocesan Reader, which means I have undergone a course of training and been admitted and licensed to work within the Diocese of St Albans as a particular kind of lay minister.
I can lead non-Eucharistic services, preach, take Holy Communion to the sick or housebound, conduct funerals, and work with the rest of the ministerial team at Holy Trinity.
I was born and grew up in Enfield, North London. When I married Brian we moved out of London to buy our first house, and have mostly lived in or around Bishop’s Stortford since then.
We have two grown-up children and my married daughter now has two children herself. We are fortunate in seeing a great deal of the family and enjoying our role as hands-on grandparents!
As a child I went to a Methodist Sunday school, but was confirmed in the Church of England as a teenager. Through a school friend, I met someone who was a Franciscan Tertiary. The way they lived, and their commitment to God greatly impressed me, so much so that eventually I explored my own vocation to the Third Order of the Society of St Francis.
I joined them in 1979. I enjoy all kinds of needlework, but especially dressmaking and hand embroidery, and try to find time for both.