'It's funny to be saying hello after being here for so long,' says Andy Paton with a laugh.
You'll find Andy's first letter to you on behalf of The Camphill Family with this issue of Camphill Family Life. But here's a bit more about him to help you get to know your new correspondent better.
Andy has lived and worked in Camphill communities for 30 years, many of them at the Croft Community, in beautiful North Yorkshire.
Here, he and his wife Dorothea settled and became 'house co-ordinators', running a household full of the comings, goings and personalities of four to five adult residents and their own growing family. Never a dull moment!
Andy also ran the community's fledging Kingfisher Café, where he discovered a love of baking bread. Together, he and Joseph would bake enough each week to supply not just the café but the whole community.
As time went on, Andy's qualification in social work and degree in communications drew him towards becoming more involved with the administrative side of community life, and with Camphill Pages, a newsletter dedicated to sharing news from the wider network of Camphill communities in the UK and Ireland.
'It's so good to know you are there'
Today, Andy is employed as our Communications Director, so he's very much involved in spreading the word and raising funds for The Camphill Family. He and Dorothea no longer live at The Croft but are just a few miles away. They keep in close touch with thecommunity through social events and friends, like Jamie – a resident at The Croft – through a shared love of football.
Now Andy will be keeping you in touch with our news too. 'Thank you for supporting The Camphill Family,' he says. 'Communities like The Croft wouldn't be the special places they are without your help. It's so good to know you are there.'