Welcome Joanna!

posted Jun 6, 2016, 6:06 AM by Ian Ross   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 10:09 PM by Vivienne Binns ]
A significant problem in recent times arose when the last Administrator of the Old Friary, Rev. Jane Mitchell, relocated.  Jane was a powerhouse of organisation, with a keen knowledge of the history and people surrounding the Old Friary over the last decades, and with a great sensitivity towards the potential of the Old Friary.  Since Jane relocated there has been only limited administration (carried out willingly by Mrs Karen Allen) and with support from volunteers in the Friary community. Despite this, the life of the Old Friary has been as rich as ever.  We just wish it could be used by even more people, which will only be possible with a devoted advocate.  Things really looked up when Heather and David Eckersley we're employed by the MEC as caretakers, though really they have given so much above and beyond the call of duty and we can only stand in awe of them.  

Needless to say, the appointment of Jo Vandersee by the MEC as the new Administrator offers us a new hope of bringing the beauty, peace and holiness of the Old Friary to a greater number of people, not just for Anglicans and other Christians, but for the local community, some of whom already know of it and appreciate it.

We at the Friary Community look forward to meeting and supporting Jo as she goes about this important work, and we start with a heartfelt welcome.