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A few of my
Favourite things
Sarah Friswell, Visitor Experience Manager at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
 Favourite aspect of your job with the cathedral?
Working with over 300 volunteers who give so generously of their time. We simply couldn’t do what we do without the support of our volunteers who do roles including gardening, bell ringing, leading school groups and welcoming visitors.
Favourite book
I’ve been in a bookclub with four local ladies for many, many years and we have great fun choosing all sorts of titles. From the classics I like Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, but a more modern favourite is The Constant Gardener by John Le Carré (I love his spy novels too).
Favourite film
Billy Elliot. I cry every time. I started ballet classes when I was three and did ballet until I was 40, in traditional classes as a child and then for ten years with a small local dance group (of enthusiastic dancers) called the Anglian Ballet Company.
Favourite TV series
I love Call the Midwife. I think it tackles important storylines and I also enjoy how they portray the improvements in health care over the years.
Favourite actor or actress
Meryl Streep for portraying such amazing characters in films such as Mamma Mia, Sophie’s Choice and Out of Africa.
Favourite song
Thank You For The Music by Abba (I was a
Sarah Friswell is the Visitor Experience
Manager at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. She has worked at the cathedral for most of the last 21 years, welcoming visitors and pilgrims, organising guided tours, overseeing communications and being part of an exciting community. She is married to Dave and they have a daughter, Ruth, who is an architect. “Although I lived in Bury St Edmunds for 20 years, Dave and I now live elsewhere in order to fulfil our lifelong ambition of living in a converted chapel.”
member of the Abba fan club).
Favourite colour
Pink – it started with a turtle neck jumper my mum knitted me when I was about 11.
Favourite saying or piece of advice
‘Best of All God is with us’ – this is a saying attributed to John Wesley, who started what became the Methodist
Church. My faith is key to my life.
Favourite food
Chocolate. A brief time of living in Selly Oak in Birmingham meant that we were conveniently located for visiting Cadbury World on a regular basis.
Favourite holiday destination
We worked as mission partners in Malawi, Central Africa for three years. We fell in love with the country and its people. We have been back there twice on holiday – nothing beats sitting on the shores of Lake Malawi, watching the sun go down, listening to the noise of hippos with fish eagles flying overhead and with a MGT (Malawian Gin and Tonic) in hand.
Favourite place to visit in Suffolk
The Abbey Gardens. I never tire of walking through there on a summer’s day when the flower beds are at their most resplendent. It takes my breath away.
Favourite time of the year
Summer – I love warm and sunny and hate cold and wet.
And a couple of not so favourite things
TV programme you have to turn off
The News – it’s not really a news bulletin anymore. We watch with the zapper in hand ready to mute whenever the ‘news’ turns into the broadcaster’s analysis.
Most annoying thing about modern life
Too many things requiring passwords. How am I meant to remember them?

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