Departure of Colin and Sheila Mansfield to warmer climes:
And so we say goodbye and God-bless to Colin & Sheila Mansfield, who have been active members and office-bearers of our church of St Mary’s since they joined the congregation way back in November 1999. They were former members and church elders of the bigger church (the Barn Church) just next door, before moving in to join us. They had previously been with the Barn Church since 1986. They bridged the congregations of both churches in an ecumenical way, Sheila helping with the Pensioners Dinners on Thursdays at the Barn, whilst Colin became an active member of the joint Balloch Walking group, similarly other church members joined in with activities in both churches. 32 years is a long time to live/work/retire in the same bungalow and neighbourhood, and they have witnessed Christ to many people throughout that time. The Leaving Dinner was held at the Culloden Moor Inn, at the end of July, many attended. Picture above of the couple was taken last year, when someone had a “big” birthday to celebrate, Christine Hardwick presented the bouquet of flowers. Now, nicely settled into their new home at the little country village of Newton Solney, Burton-on-Trent, and close to family relatives and long-time friends ~ Ed.