Hello, my name is Cathy Sigrist and I have recently moved to Kingsdown, from the Cheriton area of Folkestone which is just 16 miles away. I began my theological training at Westcott House Cambridge in 2005 and was ordained two years later and served my curacy as an Assistant Curate in the Cheriton with Newington Benefice.
I love this corner of the UK and am absolutely delighted to be close to the sea and also to some glorious countryside. Every morning that I walk to my nearest church (Kingsdown) I just look out over the sea and think wow, how fortunate and blessed I am to live and serve in a place like this!
Originally from London, I moved to just outside Maidstone and then became one of life’s commuters. I have always worked in the communications industry – first in public relations, then moving over to marketing. In the late 1990s I began to think there really must be more to life and started exploring what that that “more” might be. Some two or three years later, I started talking to my neighbour who invited me to go to a service at the local church – and it wasn’t even “Back to Church Sunday!”. I said yes, and started going to church and some six months later I decided to ask God to come into my life – and oh boy did he! I remember asking myself, why has everyone kept this such a secret and wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could encourage someone else to feel just like I did. Well, as they say – tell God your plans, and the rest as they say, is history.
In my free time, I enjoy walking and gardening, reading and playing the piano (badly), bell ringing and meeting up with friends. And I’m looking forward to meeting and making many new friends in my new parishes and the wider Deanery. Oh yes, I also have a black cat called Merlin who decided to adopt me. He also enjoys the countryside having always been a town cat!