New Year, New Start, Mixed Emotions

We’re starting the New Year with mixed emotions as we say goodbye to our lovely Sally. Sally has been with us since the summer of 2005, with an eventful first day when she had to rush me in to hospital within a couple of hours of arriving! The calm way in which she handled everything and looked after me on that first day was an indication of how great she would be, not just as part of our team, but also for the couples who would be lucky enough to work with her over the coming years.

Sally runs an exceptionally successful Girls Brigade group in Rochford (First Hawkwell) and as a result of their connections with the charity Smile International some of the older girls from First Hawkwell have been able to go to Kosova to assist in the work that they do, taking the activities that they have enjoyed in Girls Brigade to the children there, delivering aid and assisting war widows. Due to her involvement in this, Sally’s daughter Grace was invited to Downing Street last year to represent GB at a reception for a number of charities and young people’s groups that work to benefit their local communities. Grace spent some time explaining to David Cameron what they had been able to do and how being a member of Girls Brigade had enriched her own life as a teenager. Fast forward a few months and GB has been given funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to help provide more opportunities for children and young people. The money is to be used specifically to set up new groups and encourage new volunteers and has led to a Development Worker’s job being established for London. Sally, GB have decided, is the perfect person for the job.

And there is no question that she is. She is a fabulous communicator and organiser, enthusiastic, empathetic – I could go through a dictionary worth of words but I’m sure you get the picture. For Sally, who has been involved with Girls Brigade since she was a little girl, this is a dream job – and GB have their dream girl.

Studio Rochford will miss you Sally – but you can’t get rid of Denise and me so easily. Wishing you the very best of luck in your new role and see you very soon for a catch up! xx

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  1. Kelly Hollands January 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Good Luck Sally – wishing you all the very best in your new venture. Very well deserved and the perfect job for you by the sounds of it. All the best, Kelly x

  2. Craig Hudson January 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Good luck Sally – sounds really exciting!

  3. Samantha & Daniel Sewell January 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Congratulations on your new adventure. Thank you for the pictures you took at our wedding in 2006, and the family studio pics that you did a few years back. We know have a little Sewell, Daisy born. 25.11.12.
    Take care n may see you around Rochford.
    Sam x

    • studiorochford January 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Sam that’s such lovely news!! Please bring her to see us!! Jo x

  4. Sally Claydon January 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Jo, thank you for such lovely words. Gonna so miss you and Denise, you’ve both been such wonderful colleagues and friends and have been so supportive. And Sam….Congratulations!! (Make sure you bring Daisy to Girls’ Brigade when she’s 5!!) Lots of love to all xxx

  5. Gavin Woollard January 12, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    Very best wishes as you set out on your new adventure Sally.

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