A Fond Farewell

FarewellIt doesn’t seem that it was nearly three years ago that Simon and I arrived to live and work within the Eastry and Woodnesborough Benefice, although the  disruption caused by Covid might have had something to do with that.

The time really flies by when you are enjoying yourself. And we have, immensely. We were made welcome and we felt at home almost immediately. To me personally, friendships are important. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we do. Each one of us is unique and we all have gifts which we can share for the greater good. In my time here I have been fortunate enough to be involved in many things; from being a Governor of Eastry Primary School, team leader in organising the popular holiday club Corners, leading numerous assemblies for both Northbourne and Eastry Primary schools, setting up pastoral and bereavement groups and of course planning services with the local clubs and societies. All of these, and others, have given me a treasure house of many happy memories. And it is such a privilege to have been able to walk alongside families in all stages of life, and to help them at significant moments. From the sadness of bereavement to the joyous occasions of birth and marriage. We have shared tears and laughter together. These memories too I will take with me into my next role as Rector of seven parishes in the Calehill with Westwell Benefice which consists of a number of villages to the west of Ashford.

This corner of east Kent now feels like home, but everything comes to an end and it is time to move on to pastures new. As I do so I would like to thank everyone for making Simon and me feel so welcome and for being so encouraging in everything I did and tolerant of my mistakes as I found my feet in ministry. You have been such a wonderful community to work in and we shall take away such fond memories as we move halfway across Kent to my first incumbency. Please pray for us.

Sandra Marsh