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Help wanted to host visitors to The FAA Memorial Church

Published: 06 Sep 2012

A request for volunteers to welcome and host visitors to
The Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church of St Bartholomew at Yeovilton.

Over recent years the Custodian of The Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church of St Bartholomew at Yeovilton has greatly developed and enlivened the job into being a vital, important and much appreciated interface between the Memorial Church and the many visitors that come to the church during the day to see the sacred building and/or visit the War Grave Cemetery.

As some of you will know the Custodian has resigned to assume a new job and it will be a while before we will be able to appoint a new custodian to the Church.

Most of the Custodians duties have been parcelled out to be taken on by current members of the Chaplaincy Team at RNAS Yeovilton, however there is one element of the custodian work with which we would like to seek your assistance.

We are looking for volunteers who would be will to offer some afternoons (1300 – 1545) to be available in the church to welcome and host visitors who come to visit St Bartholomew’s.

The task would not be onerous, and would consist of:

Collecting the key
Unlocking the church
Sitting in the church
Welcoming any visitors and assist in their visit
If required, unlocking the Roll of Honour to allow visitors to see a particular page.
Answering the phone
Assisting with the small gift stall
Checking to make sure the graveyard is free from litter
Locking up and returning the key
Polishing the brass memorials

Training and a briefing would be given to volunteers before they began to assist in welcoming visitors

We have targeted our request for help to likely parties who have an interest in the Fleet Air Arm and its Memorial Church, although we recognise that due to the church’s location, volunteers would have to transport. Any one who would like to volunteer or who would like to know more details is asked to contact The Revd. Ned Kelly RN or any of the Chaplaincy Team at RNAS Yeovilton on 01935 455257.

Thank you

The Reverend Ned Kelly, Royal Navy.

Team Chaplain, RNAS Yeovilton


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