Harriet often accompanies the Rev Barter on his community visits, and last week they were on a pastoral visit when they unexpectedly met Mark Owen. Mark Owen, one third of band Take That and a successful solo artist, now lives locally and chatted to Harriet. Harriet was hugely excited to meet him, and he was extremely kind towards her.
Harriet, as the daughter of a parish priest, is used to accompanying her father on visits within the community. She often visits the elderly on a Sunday afternoon, and she has spent time in homeless shelters, as well as going on many hospital visits. When the Barter family was based in Brighton, Harriet often used to sit next to a homeless member of the community at the tea table. The Rev Barter said: ‘One thing Harriet enjoys about these experiences is the different narratives individuals hold. She listens to their stories and learns a lot about the people in which as a priest I serve.’
‘As a parish Anglican priest as well as the chaplain at Seaford, a major part of my role is being a Christian presence within the community. Pastorally this is important and sometimes individuals approach you for guidance and support, even if they are of a differing faith or none. You have the privilege of meeting some very interesting people.’
The Rev Barter and his daughter met another interesting person in the shape of Mark Owen, who posed for a photo with Harriet, and certainly made her day.