Janine and I went to Valence House to visit the museum and have lunch but our main purpose was to visit the Archives based at Valence House and to present them with some newsletters, newspaper cuttings etc concerning George Carey Church of England Primary School.
We also visited Eastbury Manor, St. Patricks Church and ended the day back at the Rivergate Centre for a 'Revamp the Ripple' steering group meeting. The Ripple is our local Nature Reserve for which a grant has been given to improve the facilities, signage etc...
Tuesday 3rd July
After Coffee and Chat in the Rivergate Centre Foyer - I rushed off to Hadleigh Salvation Army as I was the guest speaker for the South Essex Retired Officers Fellowship. I had been asked to speak about my 'role' as 'Community Chaplain' within the Barking Riverside Development Project. I had a wonderful afternoon - with many encouraging comments, offers of prayer and lively discussions.
Nigel met me at 4pm and we went into Southend and had a lovely meal at Tomassi's Resturant before heading back to Hadleigh SA for the 'farewell' service for our Divisional Commander who is returning back to Scotland at the end of the month.
Wednesday 4th July
Janine and I had an interesting day at school - visiting the new teachers in their classrooms, helping to set up new classrooms and then visiting the classes again in the afternoon as each class went to visit their new teacher and classroom ready for September.
In the evening Karl and I attended Nigel's Induction as the President for Barking Rotary. It was a fabulous evening.
Thursday 5th July
Visited a friend this morning who is 50 today :)) and this is one of her birthday presents - 'Cuddles' from her sister and niece. Cuddles is a darling; however, Blossom and Suzi are yet to agree (Carol's other two cats!!)
Now off to print up the service sheets for Thames View Lodge this evening :))