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Aiming to get more people into Newark Parish Church

The new operations manager at Newark Parish Church, Louise Williams. 170518LSP12-1
The new operations manager at Newark Parish Church, Louise Williams. 170518LSP12-1

The operations manager at Newark Parish Church is keen to see more people welcomed into the building.

Louise Williams said they wanted to make the church as accessible as possible and open the doors through the summer to encourage people to go in.

"I would love to see more people come into the church to meet with God; for some peace and quiet; for a coffee; for one of the services; or just to look around this amazing building," she said.

The newly-created role is a combination of planning, organisation and adminstration.

Along with churchwardens, Louise’s job is to make sure volunteers, who are crucial to the church, are supported, that people feel welcome and safe in the building, and all legal aspects are covered.

Louise, who trained in hospitality management, spent eight years working in restaurants and hotels before moving into catering recruitment.

A school governor for eight years, she then spent ten years in various roles at St John’s College, Nottingham.

Louise said she applied to be operations manager because she knew of the vision for Newark Parish Church, and as a Christian hoped to combine her experience and faith.

She was selected from more than 20 applicants.

"I was very pleased to be appointed," she said. "It is a bit daunting but I feel that I am in the right place and my experience will help."

Louise, of Beeston, has three children — James, 20, a software developer, Anna, 18, who is doing her A-levels, and Lara, 15.

Mr David Hutchinson and Mr Tony Roberts have been appointed churchwardens to join Jackie Turner and Mr Roy Leary.

Mr Roberts, the Mayor of Newark, has chosen the church as one of his charities for the year.

He said it was an important part of the community.

"It is for happy, sad and intensely personal times," he said.

Mr Roberts said there was much to explore in the church — from ancient graffiti in the choir stalls, to the font, which was broken in two during the Civil War, and work by Newark sculptor Robert Kiddey.

"It is a beautiful place," said Mr Roberts. "So many people take it for granted unless they need to check the time.

"But just imagine what this town would be like without it."


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