We are pleased to introduce Richard Vernon our Club Chaplain.
Richard is an ordained minister and has been involved in local church leadership and pastoral work here in Southport for the past decade. Richard joined Hesketh in December 2011 and is currently playing off a 4 handicap. This is a new role that has been established and develops on the wprk club member Albert Ball has undertaken over a number of years. Richard is keen to fuse both his passion for golf with his profession of working with people, and believes this will bring an added dimension to the support networks and services that already exist within the club. The role, which is on a voluntary basis, is one that simply seeks to offer pastoral support to those who might value someone coming alongside them when they find themselves going through tough times, such as bereavement, etc.
Richard says that ‘Having been working closely with people for over the past decade, I am only too well aware of the issues that so often surround us and how these can so easily pull the rug from beneath our feet. None of us are immune to such things. Very often, we’re left uncertain of where or who we can go to for help and support. That’s where I see the role of a Chaplain coming in - simply being there to help and guide in this respect. It’s evident that strong friendships already exist within the club is great and these are the ones we tend to turn to first of all. Long may that continue. However, having an independent person available offers an added tier of support. People can call me at any time and we can then arrange to meet up and chat further. I’m delighted for the opportunity to serve the club in this way and with Bert’s ongoing assistance, look forward to developing this in the days to come.’