My name is Carol Le Page and I am one of the churchwardens at St. George’s Church, Badshot Lea. I am married and I have two children, two grandsons and one granddaughter. My eldest grandson is just finishing his first year in sixth form at Portsmouth Grammar School whilst the other grandson is at Heath End School and his sister, who is currently at William Cobbett Junior School, will be joining him there in September.
I have lived in Farnham for 29 years but my husband, to whom I have been married for 25 years, is Farnham born and bred. I am a retired Local Government Officer having worked for East Hampshire District Council for 24 years. If you are any good at maths you will have worked out that this is my second marriage as, unfortunately, my first marriage ended in divorce after 20 years.
As a young teenager I was very involved with the church in my, then, hometown of Crawley where I was a member of the church choir and also a Sunday School Teacher but for some reason, which I cannot recall, I drifted away from being an active Christian for a long time although I would still call myself a Christian if I was asked.
For some time I had felt that there was something missing in my life and as three years ago we were considering secondary schools for my grandson, with All Hallows being an option I started to attend services at St George’s. I was amazed at how welcoming the congregation were and what a wonderful atmosphere there was in the Church and soon forgot my original reason for attending and came along because I wanted to become a part of this group who came to worship every Sunday. Since then I have been a regular worshipper at St George’s and have become a “coffee Granny” at Little Bees and also a member of the Open the Book team, both of which activities I thoroughly enjoy.
A few weeks ago Lesley informed us that there was going to be a real problem if no one was prepared to step into the vacant Churchwarden positions at St. George’s. I felt drawn to look into this further and discovered that Maxine was also feeling the same so, after much thought and prayer, we made the decision to offer our services.
To be honest I am still very much feeling my way at the moment, there are so many things that come under the umbrella of being a Churchwarden, from making sure that the doors are open and locked as required to being responsible for both the fabric and the contents of the Church itself (albeit with the help of lots of other willing volunteers without whom the job would be just too daunting).
As a new Churchwarden I will be attending a course on Saturday, 6th June, to find out a bit more about exactly what the role entails so I think that perhaps it will be a good idea to write another “little piece” for the magazine in a few months time when, I hope, I will have more of an idea of exactly what I have taken on!
In the meantime I would just like to thank everyone for all the help that they are giving me when I am not sure about anything.
Thank you all and God Bless.
(Carol is featured in the photo above on the left. Photo credit – Georgie Fry)