My name is Michael Lee, and over my 62 years, I have lived in Wigan, King’s Lynn and Cambridge, but for the past 4 years or so, I have been in Calonge, near Palamós, at the home inherited from my in-laws. I teach English as a Foreign Language to Adults. I have much appreciated the Costa Brava Anglican Chaplaincy, a refreshingly broad church, and would like to do more to support its wardens and ministers.
I was brought up in the Church of England, and have never strayed from it. At university, I served on my college chaplaincy council, and was involved in the Student Christian Movement, which was particularly concerned with issues of justice and peace. The last parish I attended was Saint Edward’s in Cambridge, where I also served on council. That was a challenging experience, from which I learned much about the pitfalls in trying to keep Traditionalists and New-Agers together, and in trying to give charity both efficiently and effectively.
The Church in the Costa Brava has been a major part of my life for the past fifteen years and will remain so for many more, I trust. Being on the church council for several years now, has given me a great deal of satisfaction in that, I hope, my input has been of some use for the good of the congregations. In the UK I was involved with several different organisational committees over the years and the experience I’ve gained there, and now here, I’m sure will continue to be of use to the Chaplaincy.
I would feel very privileged to be re-elected to serve on the chaplaincy council. Having served for many years, including the role of council secretary for 5 years.
It would be my intention to continue to give my time and experience to grow our church in whatever form might be necessary and always to be there as a friend for anyone in need.
I will continue to be active in the fundraising role, an important part of sustaining our church financially and when the physical church can begin again will be very involved with all of our planned activities.
Being retired has its advantages with more time to attend council meetings and the follow up involved, as well as working on new ideas to introduce to the congregation and generally being available where needed. I would like to see an increase in our social activities, when its possible again, which would bring us together more often to develop our friendships. This, as well as our worshipping on Sundays and prayer groups will sustain and grow our church We have an exciting future ahead.
Wisdom, experience and time are something I can offer - these are my strengths. I hope you will consider my nomination.
My name is Ann Linnell but everyone knows me as Anny. I have been on the Council for several years now – I can’t remember exactly how many! - and am seeking re-election as I feel I can still offer something to the organisation of our Church.
Probably my main asset is that I can speak both Catalan and Spanish and have lived in or just outside Girona for over 50 years now so I know what local life is like and often how the local people think.
I am definitely a team player rather than a leader who comes up with good ideas and because of that I think that I am a ‘foot-soldier’, meaning I am willing to take orders and get things done.
I try to be a good listener and am willing to help people, having been a volunteer for many years and, in the past, on the committee of the British Benevolent Association. I hope this will help you to know me a bit better.
I was born in beautiful Girona which is where I grew up. After spending a year in South America and four years in Barcelona, I came back to settle down and work in Girona but still do occasional jobs there and in Newcastle. Our family have belonged to our unique congregation since 2010. This is where I was confirmed and where my two teenage daughters went to Sunday School and received First Communion. This played a key role in their education; one of them will often join in our Sunday services and is a Saturday Quiz regular. I have a background in IT, sales and music, and am confident I can contribute fresh yet traditional ideas.