Farewell to Gill & Colin
On Sunday 28th October parishioners gathered to wish farewell to the Reverend Gill Nicholls and her husband and lay reader Colin at a party hosted by Suzette Adams at La Marguerite. They were given a print of Grande Greve by local artist Rosanne Guille as a momento of their time in Sark. Colin and Gill first came to Sark on holiday in September last year when they heard that St Peter’s Church was in need of a vicar. Although Gill had recently retired, the couple decided to take the post in Sark for six months, a stay they extended to a year. In her final sermon at St Peter’s Gill said this of their time in Sark. “It has been a wonderful year, full of things we have never done before, a royal visit, an MBE ceremony, an Oscar night, and two animal and pet services, not forgetting a film crew. We have been so blessed by living in this beautiful island, never before have we been in such close proximity to the sea we both love with a passion…nor lived in a two century old cottage full of character that it will be hard to leave. But most of all it will be very difficult to tear ourselves away from the people we have begun to know and love so much. The rich tapestry of stories that make up the community here…those of you who have lived here all your lives and the wealth of experience that others have brought from outside, never before have I met so much variety and through you all God has blessed us immeasurably.” Colin and Gill have returned to their home in Buckinghamshire and we all wish them well for their second retirement.
Photo by Sue Daly