On Sunday 21st February Gavin Thomas (more commonly known as Jack) organised a church service of praise and thanks giving at his local church St Marks in Bordon Hampshire UK. (Incidentally St Marks is also Gavin’s parish church on St Helena) The service was opened to all; however Gavin made special effort to invite and encouraged Saints living in the area to make a special effort to attend.
The congregation was very diverse. The vast majority were St Helenians including Captain Young and Mrs Kendall Worboys our St Helena UK representative. Former crew members of the RMS St Helena were present. Others included: Richard Brown from Atlantic Star Airlines, Richard Jones a TV reporter who attended in a personal capacity but has visited St Helena on two occasions, Gavin was overwhelmed with the support for the event and contributed the following statement.
“The service of Praise and Thanks giving at St Mark’s Church, Bordon yesterday was a great success. Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the shared tea and collection. A total of £230 (thereabouts) was shared between St Mark’s church and the RMS ship’s charity fund; thank you. Your support was very encouraging, and it was good to see you all.
The RMS St Helena and current changes taking place on St Helena were two key themes throughout the service. The Rev. Deborah Scott-Bromley made a valid point in her address. Whilst we cannot forget the past, we now need to look to the future and embrace the forthcoming changes. Similarly, my
message to everyone was to think about the concept of a ‘new normal’ and what this means for us and St Helena. Particularly during this period of preparation for change and transition.
Among the congregation was Richard Brown, Chief Executive Officer for Atlantic Star Airlines. We are very grateful to Richard for coming along to answer any questions about Atlantic Star Airlines and any other related questions in connection with St Helena’s airport. If you haven’t done so already, I would strongly urge all of you to log onto Atlantic Star Airlines at www.atlanticstarairlines.com, and sign up to the mailing list for updates regarding flight services to and from St Helena. The web page also includes alternate details for contacting the team at Atlantic Star Airlines.
I would welcome any feedback (below) from yesterday’s event. The reason being, I have been asked to arrange a further event around Christmas time. This is usually a busy time for me as I am very involved in carolling events in and around Bordon and Whitehill. However, if there is a demand, I will do my best to sort something nearer the time”