Thursday, 16 April 2015
Meet and Greet
Nevertheless my 'meet and greet' partner and I thoroughly enjoy our weekly exchange of views, personal chat and deeper discussions, interspersed with visitors of all kinds.
Some scuttle in, heads averted so as not to catch our eyes and manage only the barest nod in return to our "Good Morning"s
Others drift up to the desk and linger and chat about their own churches, or sometimes their family stories, while some, just a few ask deeply interested questions about the age of the church and which are the bits to look out for etc.
Occasionally we get musicians who have heard that our accoustics are particularly fine and want details of concerts etc.
We have visitors from Australia, America Germany, Nederlands and many other countries, as well as coachloads now and then from all over the UK.
There are days when no-one crosses the doorstep and days when there are endless trickles of couples, groups and single callers.
All are grist to our mill, and the chance to have a really good chat about our various 'treasures' is really welcome.
Best of all is when someone on leaving says."thank you so much for making our visit so interesting"
A couple were on their way to the door last Wednesday when I remembered that they were particularly interested in old wood and I had neglected to show them our (four) misericords in the choir stalls.
I apologised for delaying them but said I hoped seeing these hidden carvings would make up for it.
They were so effusive in their thanks that I still had a smile on my face half an later.
Volunteering can be dull and sometimes seem a thankless exercise, but it can be such a source of joy too.
Oh dear, I sound like Pollyanna. I'd better go and lie down. :-)
Posted by Ray Barnes at 11:17:00 pm