Keith Underhill: June 2015
On the 19th May, we were delighted to welcome Gill Dascombe, the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference to Alton.
Gill, accompanied by Revd John Hellyer, the Chair of the South East District, came to find out more about the work of our Anna Chaplains and to hear about this pioneering ministry.
Gill met with Debbie, Helen, Keith, Andrew and David to hear our story and also for an update on our current activities as well as the work of the Gift of Years.
Gill and John then went to meet Bob Weighton at his home, enjoying his hospitality and hearing something of his story, experience and words of wisdom before having lunch in the restaurant at Brendon Care where we were extremely well looked after.
Gill herself has both expertise and experience in the field of dementia and is soon to take on a role with the respected charity, Christians on Ageing — for more details please see http://www.christiansonageing.org.uk
On her blog, Gill posted, "On the Tuesday, I met members of the Anna Chaplaincy team, who seek to promote spiritual wellbeing amongst the elderly. And I had the privilege of meeting Bob Weighton, who told me the fascinating story of his life as a missionary in Taiwan before the Second World War. At 107 years old, is he Britain's oldest Methodist?"
You can follow both Gill and the President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Ken Howcroft as they come to the end of their year in office at http://methodist-presandvp.blogspot.co.uk
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