Buildings Manager Dave Carey is retiring at the end of March after more than 20 years working behind the scenes.
Dave, 65, has been responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the church, Old School Rooms, Pre-school & Nursery and St Michael’s Centre. He played an integral part in the extension and refurbishment of the Old School Rooms, which was finally completed in 2003.
In the early 1990s he shared a vision that neighbouring land, at that time used by a trailer business, would be owned by the church and he played a key role in the development of the St Michaels’ Centre after the land was bought in March 2006. Dave trained as an electrician, working throughout the UK on commercial contracts which included filling stations, cranes, hospitals and supermarkets – including the Sainsbury’s store in Fox Den Road. The job also took him to Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
His wife, Kim, is also a familiar face at St Michael’s – where she works as Coffee Shop assistant. The couple married in 1984 and have two daughters, a son and three young grandchildren. They started attending St Michael’s Church more than 30 years ago when their eldest child was among the first to join the newlyformed church playgroup.
Dave joined the staff at St Michael’s in 1997. As well as working with architects and contractors he has dealt with everything from blocked drains to leaky taps and faulty locks and cisterns.
When he finishes work on 20 March he plans to spend more time on his favourite hobby – seeing as much of the country as possible using his Senior Railcard and bus pass.