When the British Consulate in Geneva decided to close its doors, this was deplored by many particularly of the British members of our congregation. However, God works in mysterious ways and, deprived of her job there, Jill Béchet answered our advertisement and joined us as Administrator/Secretary, bringing with her a wealth of experience and skills. For most of us, this has more than made up for the inconvenience of having to get passports or other documents in London.
Jill left us after more than eight years on 16th August to take a well-earned retirement, although we are sure it will not be inactive and we hope to see her on many occasions and not least behind the bric-a-brac stall which she has adopted, along with her family, at successive fairs, a very visible sign of her increasing involvement in our community. This was perhaps made closer by the personal family tragedy that Jill suffered while she was with us.
Those faced with the task of drawing up a job description and advertisement for her successor, were struck by the fact that there was virtually nothing to change from the way that Jill has built up and performed the job over that time. There was really nothing that needed to be changed or done better. This is really quite something to be able to say about anyone doing any job and is the best way to describe how much Jill has contributed to our life and community in Holy Trinity over that period through not only her skills, but through her personality, her professionalism and welcome to those who cross her path frequently or infrequently, from within and outside the community. We will miss her enormously.
There will be chance to say goodbye at the Community Lunch on the 6th October – Jill has very generously asked that any collection from the congregation made on her behalf be given towards the Building Tomorrow project – please make contributions in an envelop marked Jill Béchet or via electronic banking again flagged with her name.