Father Nick on bringing people together this Christmas
PUBLISHED: 11:24 11 December 2018
Husband and dad of two, Father Nick, of the Benefice of the Cookhams, is looking forward to bringing people together this Christmas
What makes the county of Berkshire so special for you?
It offers stunning scenery and beautiful river walks with the dog. Ultimately, it is a safe and community-focused place to live.
Why did you choose to settle in Cookham in particular?
I worked as an accountant for 30 years, most recently as head of finance for the Christian charity BibleLands. When I saw the position come up in Cookham, I knew I had to apply – it’s a privilege to be able to work with the lovely people who live here.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love many types of music, and especially enjoy watching my wife, Angela, sing in the Cantorum Choir. I like watching sport too – particularly football.
What does Christmas mean to you?
My job is to introduce people to Jesus and bring people together. It’s a time for family and doing things for others. I try to make sure Christmas is as good as it can be for all the community. It’s a time to encourage those who don’t usually to come to church.
Any family traditions?
In 24 hours, I lead six services, meeting 1,500 people! First there’s the crib service, which is always magical. Then there’s midnight Mass, and I’m up early for the 8am service. We have three hours for a traditional family Christmas lunch before the carol service. This is special – it’s by candlelight and stunning.
Where is your favourite place to eat out in the village?
There are so many good places in Cookham. We recently went to Boulter’s Lock in Maidenhead and loved the views over the river. We go to the White Oak, Spice Merchant, The Ferry and King’s Arms in Cookham quite a bit.
What’s the best place you’ve discovered locally?
You can’t beat a walk with the dog across the Moor, along the river and down to The Bounty pub for a rest. We are blessed with great walks. We’ve just discovered the Widbrook Common towpath – it’s lovely.
Can you recommend a local service?
Forge Garage on the High Street. Both of our sons had cars from there, and Ray and his team have always looked after them so well.
Tell us a secret about you...
I love heavy metal group Iron Maiden’s music and I play bass guitar with a rock group.
For more information about Holy Trinity Church, Cookham, visit holytrinitycookham.org.uk