Rodney La Trobe led his last service at the church this Easter Day with a communion service.
Rodney has been here since 1969, and has had a great influence in the village particularly in his work with young people – setting up Jucos, Covenanters, a youth club, and bible study groups. He took us on lots of outings and adventures in the second hand cars he sold. He would sometimes take us Covenanters to the caves behind his parents shop in Reigate where we would set up candles in the alcoves and play football underground. He also took us go-karting on an unused road circuit, and built a railway circuit in the loft above the vestry. I remember in particular a khaki coloured Mini Moke and how we used to sing…
‘Oh you’ll never get to heaven
in Rodney’s car.
Cause Rodney’s car
won’t get that far’.
The song had many verses we would make up. The only other I remember was ‘….Rodney’s van… is in a jam.’