Readers

Sheila Richmond

Hello!  I’m Sheila, a Reader here for fourteen years and a member of St Peter’s Church all my life.  As a family we were closely involved in church services and social activities.  I was especially interested in the music, but as a girl I couldn’t join the all-male choir.  However, aged fourteen I was asked to play for the newly-formed Children’s Church, and did so until I went to College, where I learned to play the organ; when I came home I was able to deputise for successive organists.

I taught English, Music, and sometimes RE in various schools around Birmingham, not always living at home except in the holidays.  I also qualified as a school librarian, sang in the City of Birmingham Choir and the Birmingham Eastern Orthodox Fellowship Choir, and in St Peter’s Choir when I was at home.  Eventually I came back to Sutton, and in 1981 I married Michael and decided to give up teaching, except for some supply work, which gave me time to become more closely involved in church life, including being on the PCC and Deanery and Diocesan Synods, secretary of the Church Fellowship, and training the choir for four years.  After my husband died in 2002 our then Vicar asked me to consider training as a Reader, and I was licensed in January 2006.  My stepson, Jonathan, with his wife and two children, lives in North Wales.

 

Ann Willis

Hello my name is Ann Willis and I have worshipped at St Peter’s for about 10 years. I have been a Reader for 11 years and licensed to St Peter’s for 2 years. I have led a very busy and varied life for 55 years as a paedriatric nurse/midwife/health visitor/health visitor tutor/Independent school nurse but am now retired. I am a licensed pastoral minister and work as a volunteer hospital chaplain.

Unfortunately we couldn’t have children so I now live alone and have no family. I live in a Retirement Village where I moved to 7 years ago with my husband Norman who sadly died 3 years ago after 31 years of very happy marriage.
I enjoy travelling, reading, knitting and singing. I am a member of the church Choir and do miss singing since the Coronavirus. At one point a few years ago I was a member of 4 different choirs - so Iife is now rather quiet!
I am also a member of the Mothers Union and Area Co-Ordinator for Sutton Coldfield plus secretary for St Peter’s Branch. I also sit on the Diocese Faith and Policy committee.
I have recently become a School Governor at Maney Hill School.
I have spent most of my life as a member of Girlguiding-having been a Brownie, Guide, Cadet and then a Leader for 45 years. I do miss the organisation but there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything!!
 


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