During the interregnum in our benefice, Shalfleet continues to thrive, thanks to its hardworking team of dedicated volunteers. The PCC is made up of friends of the church who help to keep everything running smoothly in the background, help care for the beautiful Grade 1 listed building and its churchyard, and make sure that services run smoothly. We are enormously grateful to Rev Val Hards who has stepped into the breach, and takes the majority of our services. We are also grateful to those who have stepped down from the PCC but continue to help out with the setting up for services, organising the flowers and ringing the bells.
The churchwarden, Nick, lives in Ningwood with his wife Claire and is available to help out with queries, usually knowing who to approach when something special has to be done, for example for weddings, christenings and funerals.
Brian is the champion of the church, tirelessly managing the Fabric Trust, helping with the Village Hall committee, organising the rota of lesson readers, and doing just about everything that has to be done in keeping the church running.
Pamela is our wonderful organist, who serenades us before and after services and keeps the choir in tune during the services.
Jan is our unofficial (and certainly unpaid!) sacristan, keeping on top of all the changing altar cloths, communion plates and everything else we all take for granted when we come to church. She also organises the flower rota and generally keeps us straight without the slightest fuss.
John Whitney keeps us in order with military precision, liaises with the rest of the benefice for service admin and generally works with tireless enthusiasm to keep things ship-shape (this may be something to do with his merchant navy background!). If you hear someone swinging on the bells, it is probably John.
Steve is our treasurer, and keeps us on the straight and narrow when it comes to paying the bills.
We are delighted to have Diana back on the PCC with her flair for flowers, both in and out of the church. Diana fiercely resists the pressures to embrace technology, so is best contacted via pen and ink rather than cyber space - which is much to be admired!
Chloe knows more about the church at Shalfleet than almost anyone, and works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep it and our lovely churchyard clean and tidy. If in doubt, ask Chloe!
Rev Val Hards
Val is proving to be our unofficial vicar during the interregnum and has slotted in seamlessly into the parish. We love having her, and might just have to kidnap her for good!