Thank you letter from Andrew and Brenda Bosley

To all friends at St James’ and SMSJ

Just a short and totally inadequate message to thank each and every one of you who took part in, and those that master-minded, the send-off that you gave me on 8th September, which I can only describe as totally unbelievable.

In particular, may I thank you for all the greetings cards and for the lovely presents, not least the wonderful selection of wines and the amazingly generous cheque, and Brenda joins me in saying a heartfelt thank you for the lovely flowers. Our entrance hall and lounge looked like Dobbie’s Flowerstalk Shop! Then there was that fabulous cake – truly a work of art in itself! Bless you Karen and thank you so much for taking so much time and trouble to create such a masterpiece. Not only was it delicious, but the detail was absolutely amazing. Thanks also to all of you who “brought and shared” and made the lunch party the wonderful occasion that it was. There seemed to be a never-ending queue of well-wishers who all wanted to have a chat before I left and I’m so sorry that it wasn’t possible to talk with everyone, but I will be around from time to time so it will be good to catch up then.

It has been a great joy and privilege to serve at St James’ at a time when some exciting changes were being made. I mean, of course, the re-unification of St James’ Church with St Mary and St John’s. It has been a time of great opportunities and it remains my prayer that the relationship between the two Churches will continue to develop and deepen. On the music front, it has been great to get the choirs of the two Churches together from time to time. I do hope that this will continue and, while I’m on the subject of SMSJ, it was lovely to receive a greetings card from the choir there. Thank you so much.

None of this would be possible without the spiritual guidance of our Ministry Team and I shall certainly miss working with Revd Julie, Canon John, Revd Mark-Aaron, Revd Brynn and, of course, dear Paul Arscott, all of whom have been such sources of wisdom, spiritual direction, help and encouragement. Thank you so much.

As the song goes, I have “kept the best ‘till last” and I refer, of course, to my beloved choir (if I may refer to them as that on this occasion) whose levels of professionalism, loyalty and musicianship have been truly amazing. I’d like to keep my final thank you for them, for everything they’ve done during the time I’ve been their Director. Nobody can take away the wonderful memories that I have of our many choir activities over the years – singing the services at the Cathedrals of St Alban’s and Oxford, Magdalene College Cambridge, Dorchester Abbey and Wellington College Chapel; recording “The Peacemakers” with Karl Jenkins at Abbey Road Studios, but most important of all, the hundreds of “ordinary” services we have sung together Sunday by Sunday here at St James’. However, the one service that will stick in my memory until my dying day will be the Farewell Eucharist a couple of weeks ago. I will never forget the sound you produced – I can say nothing more than “thank you” to all of you, including Sam and Lukas, our drummers, who really added the final touches to the more charismatic songs during the service, and finally a very special thanks to the Junior Choir, especially for the lovely photo album. I will treasure this and keep it safe for the rest of my life. Thank you guys, so much – it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been your Director of Music – keep up the good work, I am confident that the music at St James’ is in very safe and capable hands and I hope you will support Janice and Linda as you embark on this new chapter of the music at St James’ as well as you have supported me during the last chapter.

God bless you all.

Andrew

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