Professional Photoshoot

We work with professional photographers all over the country and are regularly adding to the list of people we work with. Click the links below to see their websites and their work. When you join us we put you in touch with the photographer we’ve chosen for you so you can make a mutually convenient time to have your photo shoot done.

If you don’t see a photographer close to you in this list, don’t worry, we’re finding photographers to add to our list every day and we’ll soon find one for you in your local area.

Aberdeen Debbie Walker
Aberdeen Malcolm Duckworth
Andover Phil Evans
Ashford Nick Carter
Aylesbury/Tring/Leighton Buzzard Nigel Crump
Ayr Neil Cox
Banbury Emma Collins
Barnsely Stan Bulmer
Basingstoke Sandra Sergeant
Bedford David Hughes
Bedworth Alex Taylor
Billericay Barry Paffey
Birmingham Stanley James
Blackburn Karen & Ian Mathison
Blairgowrie Angus Forbes
Bognor Regis Lisa Neville
Bradford David Lowdell
Bristol Malcolm
Burnham Jeff Krotz
Bury St. Edmunds Eric Young
Canterbury Mike Blissett
Cardiff Kathryn Edwards
Carnforth Sarah Mulliner
Carshalton Miles Winter
Chelsfield Sue Greetham
Colchester David Bonnington
Cople Nathalie Todd
Cowes Robert Longford
Daventry Dawn Branigan
Derby Tine Badh-Drost
Dorchester Greg Cameron Day
Eastbourne Paul Page
Edinburgh John Gilchrist
Elland Dominic Denison
Gillingham Alan Collins
Glasgow Annette McGibbon
Glastonbury Neil Bremner
Great Yeldham – Halstead Graham Berry
Hartlepool Andrea Ayre
Hemel Hampstead Blue Orange Images
Hessle Rebecca Robinson
Horsham Andrea Sarlo
Horsham Bernard Bleach
Huntingdon Joanne Santillo
Ilkeston David Bullock
Keighley Adam Pearcey
Kidderminster Alex Sharp
Lancaster Jono Symonds
Leeds Martin James
Leek Phil Langford
Leicester Louise Kelham
Leominster Mike
Lincoln Adam Winfield
Lincoln Patrick Stubbs
Littleborough Lois Best
Liverpool Bill Corris
Llanelli Dan Staveley
London Ben Edward
London Mark Andreani
London Sam Armstrong
Luton David Berni
Lutterworth William Johnston
Nailsea Julie Lovegrove
Nairn Iain Fairweather
New Malden Carol Hartfree
Newcastle E. L Norman Photography
Newhaven James Day
Northampton Stuart Tippleston
Norwich Sue Evans
Nottingham Jurgen Payne
Okehampton Emily Fleur
Orpington Lynn Sammonds
Oxford Rebecca Phillipson
Penrith Chris Birkett
Peterborough Ray Lightfoot
Portsmouth Lorraine Morgan
Powys, Wales Philip Curnow
Preston John Charles Taylor
Preston Matt Langton
Pyle – Nr Bridgend Louis Milburn
Radstock – Bath Nigel Coles
Reading Ian Wilson
Reading Nick Martin
Royal Wootton Bassett Stevie
Salisbury Ian Southwell
Saltash Peter Wilkins
Sheffield Ian Smith
Sheffield Marianne Turnbull
Solihull Andrew Pearce
Southampton Raymond (Ray) Redfern
St.Albans Blue Orange Images
St Ives Mark Noall
St Leonards Angela Light
Stroud Ian Sadler
Studley Steve Jones
Sunbury on Thames John Cotter
Sunderland David Hoggett
Swansea Paul Davies
Teignmouth Leslie Othen
Telford Phil Nock
Tiddington Pauline Yates
Watford John and Edna
Troon Harris Benjamin
Tunbridge Wells Tina Chatfield
Ulverston Christopher Warner
Watford John and Edna
Wallingford Christian Sinkinson
Wellesbourne Andy Sheppard
Wetherby Rick Parsons
Weymouth Ed Coleman
Wirral George Jenkinson
Worcester Alistair Cowin
Worthing Alison & Steve Forrest
Wrexham Victoria Lee
Wythenshawe Glenn Smith
Yateley Lee Tuckett
York Mandy Arrowsmith

7 Deadly Relationship Sins

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“I have only spoken to friendsfirst a few times but you are always helpful and polite.  My emails replied to promptly and it is nice to know one is an individual and not just a number”.

(Stephen, Civil Servant)

“Thank you for your service – its been a very good experience, which has really improved my confidence.”

(Douglas, Retired bank Manager)

“The personal contact from you is very helpful.”

(Fay, Teacher)

“Patricia, thank you for all your help. It was a wonderful experience to have somebody on the end of the phone giving me the confidence.”

(Ana)

Cloudnine is excellent!

(Renato 55 single)

I find all the information you give in your material and on your website very comfortable and safe. What you are doing is great.

(Sharon, Community Nurse)

“Hi Katharine, Thank you very much for this note; I am so sad that you had to send it out, but very appreciative of the care and the concern for the well-being of your members which it conveys. blessings on you as you continue with this work.”

(Patricia, Missionary)

“I think the service is a very good one. It helps me to maintain integrity in my personal life. It was the thing I was waiting for and I’m really pleased to be part of it.”

(Simon, Nurse)

“Dear Katharine, Thank you for revising my profile, it’s as I want it now!  It was good to have a conversation last night. You are very encouraging, for what is quite a daunting undertaking for many of us!  I do hope you will feel more fit and able soon, after being unwell. Best wishes”

(Jan, Nursing sister)

“It was good talking to you on the phone the other day – thank you for taking the trouble to call me. Also thank you for your advice and encouragement”.

(Paul, Vicar)

“Dear Patricia, Many thanks for the information received today about friendsfirst. The profile that you did about me was so well done and everything was correct. You have in my prayers…….you serve…the body of Christ…..through your job”

(Harriet, Civil Servant)

“It was so nice to receive a call from you to welcome me to friendsfirst”

(Pearl, Physiotherapist)

“friendsfirst has certainly been both reputable and Successful for me. Thank you for your service. Please find enclosed a card thanking you. I am very happy with the service friendsfirst has provided”

(Chris, Company Director)

“So very many thanks for all your help and advice to date. As I said before you have been a great encouragement to me; it makes such a difference to have someone who really understands and is batting on my side, as well as being fun to deal with. Thank you again and very much appreciated. We will see what 2011 brings.”

(John, Acquisitions)

All contact with your office has been good. You are kind and helpful on the telephone and it is like talking to friends! Concerning the profiles, they do generally give good information. But its only by actually speaking on the phone that we find out if they could be compatible.

(Fiona, Retired secretary)

Thank you very much for the number of contacts I received this month, with the various ages. I am so pleased – it lifted my spirits up. Thank you very much. I will put down on my prayer list that the Lord will supply you always with new members and enough people to go round – to bless your work in bringing people together.

(Lizette,  Advisor for volunteering)

“I think what you are doing is fantastic – it’s brilliant. I ran a singles group myself once so I know what it’s like.”

(Theresa)

“Your contact with me has been good:  it convinced me of the integrity of the organisation. I felt that a service was being offered not a financial transaction. I wouldn’t want to go elsewhere, I trust this organisation and its personnel.’

(Denise, Proof reader)

“Thank you for patiently listening to and discussing, my request for a few alterations to the draft enhanced profile which was, in any case, very well put together.”

(David, Housekeeping Assistant)

“Dear Katharine,  Thank you for the revised profile.  I was amazed at the detail that you recorded!  I think you have made a good job of it.”

(Terry, Schools support work)

“Apart from those queries, thank you for making your online application easy to complete.”

(Maureen)

“Please accept my cheque to renew my membership. I’ve got the courage now I never had in my 20’s and 30’s. You provide a good service.”

(Ruth, Secretary)

“I have found you easy to contact, your phone calls friendly, and the stories of others very encouraging. Overall your service has been excellent. I haven’t been active this year due to my job and disabled mother, but I plan to be a pro active member next year and will recommend you to my friends.”

(Margaret, Teacher)

“I think that yourself and your team do a lot of good work and help many Christians find friends of the opposite sex with whom they can get on well”

(Roy -Tax Adviser)

“Thank you very much for the Birthday card you send me, what a lovely surprise! May God bless you”

(Judith, Minister)

“Thank you also for the helpful manner in which I have been treated when I phone for help”

(Felicity, Special Needs Teacher)

“Your service has been good. It has been a wonderful experience to fellowship with other believers. I thank you for your services throughout the year. I have chosen not to continue with my membership, not because of any disappointment or dissatisfaction. I wish friendsfirst every continued success, as I do its members, and remember that as Christians, we all continually pray for each other.”

(John, Chartered Surveyor)

“THANK YOU so much for the trouble that you are going to – it speaks volumes of your commitment to your service and I appreciate it very much.”

(Ruth, College Lecturer)

“You are so unlike other organisations who just want £££ – you are a very friendly bunch”

(Martyn, Signwriter)

“I think your service is very good. I like your follow up, your customer service, the fact that you are a paper based service, and your newsletters. It’s a very good service that you provide.”

(Margaret, Deputy Headteacher)

Thank you for the excellent books enclosed with my binder

(John 65 Divorced)

“Many thanks for sending me my profile and the very useful Top Tips book. Many thanks for your service which already impresses me much. I am very grateful.”

(Penny, Language Teacher)

‘I am just ringing to say how happy I am with the service you have provided. What you are doing is really great. I have been contacted by quite a number of females some of whom I have built friendships with. I have made an effort to reply to every correspondence I have had. Please stop circulating my profile as I have made such a good friendship with Joan and I am very excited about our continuing relationship. It is like going back to my teenage years.’

(Jeremy)

“I am very impressed with the efficiency of friendsfirst”

(Eric)

”I’m really interested and pleased with the friendsfirst service. It’s excellent , I think. I’m just about to follow some things through now”

(Kirsty, Nursery School Head Teacher)

“What a lovely surprise to receive a birthday card from you kind folks!! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness – I really appreciate it very much”

(Maureen, Civil Servant)

Thank you for your help and amazing service. God Bless x

(Stephanie 50)

“I have finally made contact with Steve. Thank you for your encouragement not to give up.’

(Ellina, Teacher)

I have been enjoying receiving your selection of profiles. The one on March 1st 2010 was sad, because I read you were recovering from a broken ankle. I never forget your welcome to friendsfirst, a year ago and this card is for you to tell you to get well soon. Thank you very much and goodbye.

(John, Trackworker)

“friendsfirst does provide a very good service indeed”

(Martyn, Railway employee)

“Thank-you so much for the wonderful service that you offer to single Christians”

(Tom, Waiter)

“I feel great – I’ve had my hair done, bought some new clothes and I’m losing a few extra pounds – membership has really made me focus on making the best of myself. I know it only takes one profile and I’m really enjoying my membership.”

(Rita, Beauty therapist)

“I’m emailing to say that I’m thankful for the service that friendsfirst has provided me but I’m no longer looking to meet anyone through friendsfirst and so would appreciate you removing my profile from circulation. Some rather unexpected things have happened for me over the last 2 weeks – a good friend of mine who is also training to be a priest asked me out on a date and told me how he feels about me, which was totally surprising and lovely. And to cut a long story short we are now officially seeing each other and things look very hopeful for the future.  From my point of view, I would not have had the confidence to respond to his invitation or really have known how to communicate my feelings if it had not been for my membership of friendsfirst, which helped me get into the right mindset so I’m very grateful to you and all the team – thank you and I wish you all the best in the future and I hope I won’t need your services in the future but if things don’t work out I know that you are a good place to turn to. Many thanks and God bless.”

(Gwen, Trainee Vicar)

“Thanks for the birthday card I received for my birthday, it was a total surprise and it really shows what a fantastic team you are because I don’t receive many cards these days”

(Juliette, Factory Worker)

“I’m very grateful to Friends First, I’ve always found it a very professional service, and if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have met my fiancé. I’m very grateful as living in Essex I would never have met someone from London. The power of prayer on both our sides, praying in the will of God to get married at the end of it meant God used a computer for to meet someone. If it wasn’t for you we’d have missed out” –

(Tony 66 Retired)

“Thanks Katharine. I am really grateful for all the help you gave me when I first joined friendsfirst. My life has improved a great deal since then. The encouragement you gave me was a great help on the way.  Look after yourself”

(Terry, Lecturer)

“You are a ‘sweetie’ – so many thanks for your speedy reply and the change to my profile … you don’t know how much you have cheered me on and given me the incentive to ‘get up and go.’ – not just yet though, but you have given me food for thought!!! Thanks for the compliment – you certainly did a brilliant job of reassuring me and this is probably something you do constantly to all the members you have the good sense to contact you!!! So many thanks again … will keep in touch – hope you do too – it’s good to know you are in there batting for me!!”

(June, Retired Manager)

“Thank you for encouraging me to increase my age range. If I hadn’t done that we’d have never met”

(Val 61 retired)

“Thank you for your help and encouragement!”

(Noreen, P/T secretary)

“I think your service is excellent and I have really appreciated the personal touch. I have been very happy at the prompt and helpful response to my requests for assistance. I have joined organisations online – but it is special, refreshing and different to have your system. I have met someone from elsewhere but should things not work out for me, I will certainly be in touch again! Bless you for your wonderful ministry.’

(anonymous)

“It seems you do a wonderful service and we pray that it may continue, God Bless you and your work”

(Father Alphege Stebbens o.s.b.)

“I’ve tried so many agencies but had no success at all.  I’m going to rejoin you now because your service was much more personal.”

(Ruth, Novelist)

“The quality of people you send me and the whole ethos of friendsfirst I am very very comfortable with”.

(Susanne, PA to Director)

“I’m really pleased with my enhanced profile.  I would never have written it like that and it is so much better than before- I’m hoping for great things from it.”

(Anne, retired midwife)

“Thank you for the chat about my membership and profile. It was helpful and encouraging.”

(Elizabeth, Nurse)

“Thank-you for all of your support and encouragement, you really do come across as friends”

(Mark, Retired)

“Dear Katharine, this time yesterday I was on my blind date and met John. Thank you for arranging it. I did not expect anything, was actually more negative about it than positive. As I came into the railway station I went to toilet and as I came out of the location I noticed this tall Gentleman standing around the area I thought to myself: I would not mind a date with this gentleman but moved on to where I had to meet my blind date.  Quite soon this John came to the area and asked me was I ….. Yes, I was ….. My first impression of him was absolutely good – of course I had no idea who this Man was …. On reflection, knowing now a little about him; I have to say that I admire him for standing there to meet an unknown women …This is the best I have met so far and I personally took instant liking to him. I do feel that we had an easy/relaxed 2-3 hours together walking, sharing and eating.  He gave me his personal communications details … saying I will pray about it … etc…I obviously do not know what his responce is to this meeting but I do sense that he was fairly relaxed … and he has given me his detail. Thank you.”

(Virginia, Retired)

“All your team are so very friendly and helpful”

(James 49 County Cork)

“I received a birthday card from you, it was really beautiful. Thank you for being so thoughtful, once again I thank you all at friendsfirst for being so thoughtful”

(Wendy, Note Summariser)

“Talking to you this morning about my profile was really helpful. You’ve really put my mind at rest.”

(Eileen, Teacher)

“It’s definitely an advantage being able to talk to the people who run the organisation. That makes a big difference. Thank you.’

(Delphine)

“‘I have been in touch with several members and I’m thoroughly enjoying my membership. Many thanks for your help and for doing a great job with friendsfirst. I love the inspirational blog too!”

(Jenny, retired teacher)

“Thank you to both you and Katharine for the warm welcome. I was really impressed by the personal touch , when I received a phone call from her. I received my first list of profiles, and they all seem like nice guys. I will make contact with them soon.”

(Paula, Social worker)

Katharine I was contacted by a member who was sent my profile and he said he’d seen my video profile and ‘had to contact me’! So we met up last Friday and got on well so we will probably meet up again. I feel doing the video profile is well worth doing.The club dining event in Birmingham went well – I met a couple of men I may contact in future and was asked for my number by 2 others. Maybe see you at Stratford event.

(Wendy)

Love the magazine (Cloudnine), I read it from cover to cover, and then read it again!!

(Eileen 68 Single)

“Thank you for your email Katharine it was kind of you to keep me informed. It is reassuring to know that you are concerned enough to contact us all about this.”

(Amanda, Public Services Professional)

“I like the way you operate, it’s really official. You really protect everyone and it’s a very professional service.”

(Comfort 64 widowed)

“It really helps when I get your calls – it makes me feel someone is out there to help me.”

(Margaret, Information Manager)

I am in receipt of copy of my profile , thanks. There is only one small amendment to make then it will be good and okay. You guys are doing a brilliant work, thank you very much!

(Sandra, Lecturer)

“Thank you for your sensitivity. I can also see that your organization is totally genuine as I know one of the couples that have got married through you and are on your website.”

(Valerie, Church worker)

I’m just ringing to say Patricia was just wonderful to me on the phone. I know a lot about customer services and she is a great credit to your organisation. She was very gentle, very informative and very accommodating.

(Janice, Norfolk)

“Thank you very much for my birthday card, which was extremely thoughtful of you, much appreciated and a great choice”

(Carol, Physician)

“I think you offer a wonderful service and I have really enjoyed the experience – so nice to have a personal call.”

(Jo, Retired)

“I am eternally grateful to your company for this unlooked for opportunity to start the ball rolling to find my soul mate.”

(Janita, Curtain maker)

“Your service is most friendly and polite. I think it is an excellent service. Please renew my membership.”

(Fran, Manager)

“Can I thank you for an excellent service you provide and can I thank you for a most enjoyable year.”

(Paul, Retired)

“I appreciated being able to talk to member of staff in person because you give good advice.”

(Sarah, Retired Civil Servant)

‘You offer a professional service that is well executed.”

(Lesley, Specialist)

“Just to say I did go on blind date with Tony on Saturday. A good experience – he is a lovely man and we had a good chat. I said I would be happy to go to cinema or such like with him. However he did not indicate wanting to meet again which is fine – I think we are not long term relationship material for each other. However, It was so helpful and fun to meet someone I wouldn’t otherwise have chosen. Please could you arrange another blind date for me?!  Will send payment in next couple of days.”

(Kay, Social worker)

“All your literature is so nice it reminds us that Christians have nice manners as well. I have very much enjoyed my conversations with Patricia. Wish Patricia well from me.

(Birgit, Supervisor of Spiritual Directors)

Thank you for your professionalism and understanding.

(Wendy, Carer)

“I am so very appreciative of friendsfirst for giving me confidence. I was terrified I first joined but that has all changed now – I’m over that and now very happy to meet people which I’m doing and things are going really well.”

(Claire, Lecturer)

“Thank you for this information. It is good to know that as an organisation you are concerned for the well being of members and will take any steps you feel are necessary to ensure that this continues. Thank you for all that you do both for myself and others.”

(Margaret, Social work manager)

“What you are doing is good stuff. It’s darn good system. I really value what you say in your magazine.”

(Jeremy single vicar 45)

“Thanks for all your helpful ideas at friendsfirst and for all that you do”

(Margaret, Community Development Worker)

“I found being able to talk to you personalises the service – the contact with your staff has been friendly and supportive and has given me confidence.”

(Angela, University Lecturer)

“I would like to say that your service was very successful for me overall. Your staff were very helpful throughout my membership, and I found the profiles gave a very good account of each woman. I am sure I have found the ideal woman with whom I want to share my life – I am sure we will be an item in time.”

(Stephen, Verger)

“Please find enclosed some letters with stamps and Box Numbers for forwarding to potential suitors. Thank you for a First Class and brilliant means by which us ‘singletons’ can connect with other-like minded Christian singles.

(Rose)

“Your service has been good – please find enclosed my renewal fee.”

(Keith, Computer Anaylist)

“You and Julia have been so nice to me. You haven’t pressurized me into joining but have let me take my own good time which I have done.”

(Preston, Retired)

Thank you for doing such a great job – I’m so grateful that something like friendsfirst exists. I hope and trust that God is holding and keeping and blessing you in what you are facing, and that you are encouraged by his faithful Holy Spirit. Enjoy the warmer Spring days.

(Julie, PA)

“I never needed to talk to you during my 2 years of membership but it was really helpful to know that I could talk to someone if I needed to. I have emailed a few times and always had prompt replies. I’m very pleased with the service I received, and my experience of otherfriendsfirst members has been very positive. I found all your guidance very useful. I also found other members profiles very useful and in Nov 06 I met someone and we have been going out since then. I have recommended friendsfirst to all my single friends. The man and I are getting on really well and are seeking God about our future. Thanks so much for introducing us!

(Diana, Customer Services Advisor)

“You’re the most sweet listening person I’ve ever had this sort of conversation with”

(Jenny, Leader-Churches Together)

I found your advice on being proactive a new concept and thought  the comments about introducing people you like to friends and family very wise. Thank you for contacting me.

(Andrea.)

‘Thank you for being so helpful and constructive’

(Christine, Proof reader)

“I found the contact with your staff helpful – it made my membership more personal – I was not just a box number! I’ve found it very exciting to receive so many profiles during the year. Thank you! I have had a good number of positive contacts either by phone or letter, both from me or initiated by them. It’s nice to receive a letter, but I can tell more from a telephone conversation. Seven or eight ladies I have met as a one-off and taken them out for a meal and in the vast majority it has been a positive experience. But actually meeting them helped me decide whether I wanted to pursue their friendship. One member has now become a very good friend and I want to pursue my relationship with her exclusively and hence don’t need to continue my membership. Lastly I have come to realise how difficult  and often painful it is for so many christian ladies in this whole friendship area, as compared with us men who are far fewer. So I now have a lot more empathy and understanding for the ladies due to my friendsfirst membership. Thank you again for your help during the last year.”

(David, Postman)

I have been enjoying receiving your selection of profiles. The one on March 1st 2010 was sad, because I read you were recovering from a broken ankle. I never forget your welcome to friendsfirst, a year ago and this card is for you to tell you to get well soon. Thank you very much and goodbye.

(anonymous)

“I did not know what to expect from your service – and have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for your assistance over the year.”

(Susan, Community Nurse Manager)

“ I love talking to you. You are so understanding ”

(Diana, Auxiliary Nurse)

“I’m really pleased with the service so far”

(Ray 47 Royal Mail divorced)

“I surely will remind my friends of your friendly and helpful service and their daughters too – those who are having such a hard time trying to meet up with young Christian males.   God bless you in all you are doing.”

(Terry, NHS Personel Manager)

“Many thanks once again for giving me an interesting year and for your positive support and encouragement.”

(Kathryn 46 single primary school teacher)

“I have found your service professional, prompt and helpful. Please renew my membership – I have been very encouraged by the contacts and friendship I have made and my membership has been successful so far!’

(Norman, Curate)

So many thanks for all your kindness and help.  I shall certainly publicise your service to my many single friends. Wishing you and all the team at friendsfirst – A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

(Terry, Beauty Therapist)

“I have not renewed my membership this year. This is because I have started to see someone (who I met through friendsfirst) regularly. It may be that the postal strikes have held up the letter but I just wanted to check that my profile is no longer being sent out to anyone? Thank you for the service you provide and I hope it goes from strength to strength.”

(Anne, Primary school teacher)

“I think your service is excellent and I have really appreciated the personal touch. I have been very happy at the prompt and helpful response to my requests for assistance. I have joined organisations online – but it is special, refreshing and different to have your system. I have met someone from elsewhere but should things not work out for me, I will certainly be in touch again,  Bless you for your wonderful ministry.’

(Ellen – Admin Assistant)

“I found my profile very well done indeed. There is only one thing lacking, something about my profession. I would like it to be added to my profile -it should say that I am a doctor, working currently in a private sector and I find my job very rewarding and fulfilling. Apart form that everything seems to be fine. Thank you so much for the kind way you have treated me and all the encouraging words.”

(Ann, Doctor)

“Thank you for all the hope I was given by Friends First which enabled me to succeed rather late in life.”

(Robert, Company Chairman)

“I was very impressed with the literature you’ve sent me. It was so reassuring to talk to you. Please find my application form enclosed.”

(Roy, Quantity Surveyor)

“You guys are absolutely fantastic – the best of all the agencies – I would like to renew my membership please.”

(Noel, Prison officer)

“I have found it very easy to contact you. Having contact with you really personalises your service. Your service is very friendly and supportive and has given me confidence. I have found your profiles very useful. I’ve contacted very few people but have used my membership as a sign of interest, while doing some preparatory therapeutic work.  I also found your free Top Tips book very useful

(Monica, University Lecturer)

“Thank you for your service. Your contact with me has been good, and I have been pleased to be able to talk about the way you work. Your staff have been helpful in answering questions. I found your profiles very good – I contacted 4 and had 4 lovely replies, one of which quickly became a very special and most wonderful friend whom I am seeing regularly.

(Cedric, Church minister)

“Hi Katharine, I think your 7 deadly sins are absolutely fantastic! Thank you very much. If it all came from you, then I must say you are a very clever lady!!

(Harry, Security Guard)

“Thanks for your continuing efforts in encouraging active, caring membership and friendship.”

(Elizabeth – Local Government Officer)

“thank you for all the lovely information you’ve sent me. It’s all so positive and it gives me hope. It’s a wonderful service you run. There’s nothing so personal as your service. You’ve put such a lot of effort and thought into it all. I haven’t come across anything like this before.”

(Adella)

“I really appreciate the personal contact from friendsfirst and the fact that you ring me. That’s really good.”

(Jo, Teacher)

‘Many thanks Jackie for putting me at ease immediately’

(Yvonne 50 seperated)

“Your service has been the best thing to happen to me for a long time. A long awaited service.”

(Peter, Vicar)

“Although it is very early in my membership, I feel that I have joined a really caring organisation”

(Linda, Retired)

“Your service has been excellent – you have always answered my questions and request for assistance promptly and effectively. Please find enclosed my renewal fee.”

(Rose, School Teacher)

“Many thanks for the excellent service you are providing. It is proving very successful for me.”

(Colin – Retired)

“I am writing to put down my thoughts on the service you and Patricia provide and also how I, as a new member, am finding it.  Over the last ten years since the death of my husband I have had a lot of experience of both internet and offline dating organisations where you could talk to someone at the other end of the phone. Internet dating brought me nothing but grief and the people I met through the others weren’t much better. But frankly, I had completely given up all hope of even meeting people with whom I could be myself, let alone finding a life partner at my time of life. Then one day I went into our local Anglican church and saw your leaflet, and I felt led to phone you. Your organisation is completely different from anything I’ve ever been involved in.  I have only just had my second set of profiles, but I have found already that the gentlemen I speak to all seem very genuine, courteous and real Christians. And, if they are already going out with someone, they are completely honest about it and we go on to talk about their experiences at friendsfirst. I haven’t yet had a meeting with anyone – this was my choice, not theirs. But meetings are in the planning stages. For the first time in my dating agency experience I am meeting gentlemen who not only have interests in common with me, but whom I get along with personality-wise.  I have discovered that some people are disappointed because the matches they receive live miles away, and this for them doesn’t work. I am finding that, even if people make a point of writing in their profile that they would prefer to meet someone who lives nearby, if they find someone they feel they have ‘chemistry’ with, they want to make the effort to see where it could lead. I myself find it very interesting to talk to as many people as possible, because in that way I discover more about myself and the kind of person I would really feel comfortable with. I also pray that the Lord will guide and direct me, but I have to be proactive myself. And then who knows? Finally, but certainly not least, thank you Katharine and Patricia, for being the helpful voices at the end of the phone, particularly when I was reduced to a fit of giggles over difficulties with the technology of the Discussion Forums

(Anne, Freelance writer)

“The service you offer is far superior than others I’ve come across on the internet.”

(female)

“I was very impressed with the pack and it was very helpful.”

(Wendy)

“I have found your service very good and very helpful.”

(Amanda 56 Divorced)

‘I just want to say thank you for your kind letter you sent me recently. I’m sure something of the kind of person you are came through it, and if there is anybody out there with anything like your spirit for me, I would be only too glad to meet her. It might seem a rather silly thing to say to someone I’ve never met, but I’m sure you will have a big impact on people you write to and who get in touch with you through friendsfirst. Anyway thank you again and for persuading me to take the plunge.’

(Gordon, Fitter)

“It was lovely speaking to you both today, I feel more confident about using the service, and re-assured that I am going to make some new friendships which will change the whole course of my life. Thank you for your vision and inspiration in establishing such a wonderful way of meeting new friends and building fresh relationships’.

(Sarah, Business Development Mgr)

“I think it’s a terrific service. It’s been ideal for me since I don’t drive and yet I’ve been meeting local people. I’d lost faith in meeting someone locally, but now have struck up a riendship which I’m really thrilled about. I am full of praise for friendsfirst and particularly appreciate that it’s always there to help.”

(John, Teacher)

“Personal contact is the key- particularly when in situation where confidence is low.”

(Katherine, GP)

“I think you run a very professional service and a much needed resource for Christians trying to form new friendships/relationships. I really do think you’re doing a vital work for the Kingdom here and love reading your members’ stories!”

(Robina, Administrator)

“You have all been very very helpful.”

(Joy 50)

‘I think where a service such as this is concerned, the personal touch is important. I have felt that a personal interest was being shown, any request was acted on quickly and I have been able to discuss certain matters. I also took encouragement from your covering letters with the profiles.  My experience has overall been very positive.’

(Chris, Lawyer)

“Thank you for your help and courtesies whenever I talk to friendsfirst”

(Brian, Property Management)

“You always sound so cheerful on the ‘phone.”

(Sandie, full time mum)

“Thanks for your reply to me from our phone conversation, you sound like a great bunch of people doing a great job!!’

(Jenny)

“Indeed I was very pleased to receive the profiles you sent me. Thank you also for your letter and the template for guidance, taken together with the previous generally more extensive instructions, they were most useful to me. Thanks to you and your staff for what you have evolved and for the hard work you must do. Blessed you are and I hope you will continue and flourish in the name of the Lord.

(Roger, Govt surveyor)

“You’ve been amazing diligent on my behalf. Thank you for being so proactive.”

(Jeremy 44 single)

Thank you for all your encouragement, letters etc. The work you do brings so much new happiness to many, and I hope that continues for many years to come.

(Julia, Administrator)

“I am eternally grateful to your company for this unlooked for opportunity to start the ball rolling to find my soul mate.”

(Janita,  Curtain  maker)

“I have appreciated the friendly telephone and email contacts which have helped me to overcome the nervousness of doing something different on my own”

(Gillian, Ballet Dancer)

“May I take this opportunity of thanking all the members of your team for keeping me regularly informed of profiles etc. I think your service is very good ”

(Jo, Accountant)

“I am very encouraged by the service you offer.  It makes me feel that there could be a real chance of meeting someone special! “

(Susan 53 divorced)

“Both Katharine and Dawn have given excellent service.  Their support really gave me reassurance throughout my membership.

(Peter 62 Divorced university admin worker)

“Wayne, you have such a beautiful telephone manner. I really enjoy calling and speaking to you”

(Caroline, Retired)

“You’ve been superb-Thank you! Signing up to friendsfirst enabled me to get in the mood for dating and to be more confident- without that confidence boost I wouldn’t have been able to go on a date with my now fiancé who wasn’t a member of friendsfirst. I think I would’ve been too scared to say yes to a meal out with him, but having been on a few dates through friendsfirst prior to meeting him, gave me courage to enjoy it! And to say yes! Thank you so much.”

(Catherine, Pt secretary)

“Dear Patricia, Thanks so much for the call last night – I did appreciate it and all the work that you are doing on behalf of the friendsfirst members. You really do provide a personal and caring service. I’ve not been involved with any other kind of agency but I would imagine that you are rare in the care that you provide and demonstrate. I do realize that I’ve not taken advantage of the services you provide; perhaps moving back to the UK and beginning a new job and setting up home etc has actually been more demanding and challenging than I’d anticipated, and it’s left me a bit weary I think, and perhaps not as able to pursue things as I’d hoped. Thanks again though for your encouragement and hard work,”

(Ruth – college lecturer and Missionary)

“I’d like to renew again please. I’ve been a member now for 4-5 years and had 3 good relationships with people I have met through friendsfirst. I’m hard to match perfectly but find your service very useful. You’re doing a great job in difficult circumstances.”

(Sharon, Teacher)

‘friendsfirst has been a long time coming. The way it is organised and run is good. It’s what I’ve been waiting for.’

(Angela,  Nurse)

“I have only spoken to friendsfirst a few times but you are always helpful and polite.  My emails replied to promptly and it is nice to know one is an individual and not just a number”.

(Stephen, Civil Servant)

“I find you lot very efficient if I may say, remarkable so in fact. It’s easy to lose heart doing something like this, but if the people who run it are keen and efficient, its keeps you going.”

(Rita, Homemaker)

“ The magazine is really helpful. I really appreciate it. I think it’s really good.”

(Lesley 63 Divorced NHS)

“Thanks for the great service you are providing with friendsfirst.”

(Charles, Ecologist)

I have found your service outstanding. The best news is that Beverley and I were married on 21st August 2004, having met through friendsfirst on 30th April – 16 weeks before. Our year has been a whirlwind of romance. Bev has moved 25 miles out of Bristol to live with me. This has enabled me to continue as vicar. Our offspring have had to get used to our marriage but they have done really well.Thank you for the good suggestion that I should write to everyone on that first mailing I had from you. For Three or four weeks it seems like nothing would go well as various dates were made and cancelled with other people, but then Bev came home from holiday to my letter. She rang me and very soon after that we met. I proposed to Bev on our second date and ‘the rest is history’! Bev says ‘Cheers for sending me Bernard because I was too lazy to write to anyone else!!” She also says she realizes this will make you wonder why she bothered to join friendsfirst but she did it to keep her mother quiet!!! With very best wishes for the future of friendsfirst.”

(Bernard and Bev)

“I have found your service both modern and professional. Thanks for your help.”

(Jillian, Technical Consultant)

“Jackie Thanks very much for your calls.  Being able to speak to someone made all the difference.  I have sent off my application/profile details; and look forward to what my membership of Friends First might bring.”

(Susan new member)

“Thank you for suggesting a photoshoot with a professional photographer. I would recommend this to anyone who like me is particularly camera shy to go for it! I was extremely nervous about the whole idea right up to the moment I met my photographer, Alistair Cowin. Firstly I was amazed he lived around the corner from me. Then he immediately put me at ease, so much so that I was almost unaware while we chatted away, of pictures being taken. I’m more than pleased with the results that I feel show me rather than an artificial posed image.”

(Christine Worcester 64)

‘your customer service is excellent’

(Nadya)

“All your advice is helpful. Your contact is good and its very worthwhile doing.”

(Theresa, Local govt Officer)

“All contact with your office has been good. You are kind and helpful on the telephone and it is like talking to friends!”

(Teresa, Retired)

“Your service has been very good. friendsfirst has been very helpful for me, and its been good to meet and talk to new people.”

(Andrew, Computer Analyst)

“Thank you for all the help and advice you gave me after I received my first set of profiles. I really appreciate your kindness and efficiency”

(Philip, Vicar)

“Thank-you for phoning me and for your very thoughtful response to the issues I have raised. I offer all my best wishes for your work”

(Thomas, Vicar)

“You have been very good at providing a personal service.”

(Diane, Life Coach)

“Please suspend my membership – God has brought a lovely Christian women into my life. There’s none more surprised than me, but I know He keeps his promises even if sometimes we have to wait many years – His timing is always right. Thanks for an excellent service and keep up the good work!”

(Joseph, Paramedic)

“Your organisation is always very friendly and approachable”

(Kathleen, Lecturer)

“Thank you so much for your lovely Christmas blessing.   May you both be blessed this Christmas in the work you both do, providing a  service much needed for commited Christians.  May 2009 bring many new clients.”

(Avril, Nurse)

“the service you have provided has been great – it’s led to a happy exchange of letters with several members followed by a relationship. So thank you for the help you have your folk gave me – it was fun and allowed me to see things more clearly. I think it’s great that something like friendsfirst exists specifically for Christians.”

(Anthony 65 General Assistant single)

“Thank you very much for being so persistent and concerned with my present/future happiness judging by the letters I receive. You seem so caring and kind helping me find someone sepcail. I know by now it’s a priviledge to belong to such an enthusiastic and loyal Christian agency despite the expense.”

(Anthony, Chef)

“Thank you so much for all your help and hard work in finding me a friend. I have enclosed my first letter and I also received my first contact from another member this morning.”

(Dorothy 70 widow home help)

“It’s been good talking to you – it’s given me a lot of confidence.”

(Joyce)

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