The Benefice Administrator

admin@saxonshorebenefice.co.uk

Belinda Chell - The Saxon Shore Benefice Administrator

Belinda joined the Saxon Shore Benefice team at the beginning of November 2017 and is really looking forward to providing administrative support for our Rector, the Benefice, its volunteers and parishioners.

She has been visiting Norfolk regularly since she was a young girl and developed a special love of the stunning coast and wildlife we all enjoy.

She has two grown up children and other members of her family live in Morston and Holt. Her wider family has had a house in Morston for over twenty-five years and she moved to this area permanently, from Kent, about seven years ago. The elements that attracted her here permanently were the fact that ‘people seemed to care and had time to talk’ something that was lacking in the hectic environment of commuter based Kent.

Belinda loves the big skies, the wild nature and wide-open spaces the Norfolk coast offers and come rain or shine she can be regularly spotted walking with her dog Murphy in and around Holme, Thornham and Ringstead.

The majority of her adult life has been spent working within the environmental sector and has included securing funding for, and the management of various community-based environmental projects. In addition she led on the development and delivery of an action based research project exploring the different ways that people of all abilities could enjoy and benefit from the use of countryside environments.

A passion for people, the countryside and nature together with a firm belief in the health and wellbeing benefits that our natural environment provides, developed into a professional specialism in this area of work.

Prior to taking a mid-life gap year in 2016/17 to enjoy a bit of travelling she was a member of the Senior Management Team of an environmental organisation where her work focused on the management of people and resources within the environmental sector.

Belinda was one of the founding members of the Thornham Church allotments and thoroughly enjoys the allotmenteer community as well as the organically grown produce from her plot. The allotment holders have created a community garden next to Thornham Church and within the allotment plots, where all are welcome to sit and enjoy. The allotmenteers also provide produce for sale at the Thornham Church Fete and for the auction at the annual Thornham Church harvest lunch.

She regularly helps out at local events, particularly in Thornham, and feels that her new role is a natural extension of her belief that all people function better and lead more fulfilling lives, when they are supported and feel part of a community. She said that caring about the people within the Benefice and helping to ensure that everything runs a little more smoothly will be an absolute pleasure.

Belinda will be working part time, mainly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will be splitting her time working from the Rectory at Brancaster and at home. She can’t promise to have instant answers to every question but will endeavour to find out the answers and enjoy helping anyone that needs a bit of support.

Belinda can be contacted by email at admin@saxonshorebenefice.co.uk