Yes, Monday was indeed a busy day – and as ever in the life of a Port Chaplain, things do not always go to plan!
I had a good time collecting woolly hats; visiting a retired seafarer whom I discovered was without an oven – “It came off in my hand Chief, Honest!” was heard to be said… I am delighted to be able to support him through a welfare grant to enable him to replace the defective cooker at no expense to him!
I am happy to say that the advisors meeting went well – a wonderful team of folks that help me to keep this place running smoothly.
This was followed by a volunteers evening when 20 volunteers came and enjoyed fish and chips delivered from the excellent Ashvale restaurant.
I was delighted to present all the volunteers with new Polo Shirts to wear when on duty…
As can be seen in the picture, some volunteers are somewhat camera shy!
I also met with a good friend and seafarer from a long time back. He knows Maggie Whittingham-Lamont, centre manager in Halifax, Canada! He asked for a ‘selfie’ of us to be sent to her so here it is!!
Today I had an early start with a breakfast meeting – good networking and a good start to the day.
I also had the North and East Port Welfare Committee meeting – a meeting that was actually worthwhile attending!
Enough for today…