The day Andrew fell for Olivia Newton-John!
Not everyone can claim to have fallen at the feet of actress and singer Olivia Newton-John or been given the Freedom of the City of London.
Andrew Nutter delighted in having both accolades!
The first happened when he was walking on Hampstead Heath in London. Olivia Newton-John was walking her dog when it got loose and ran off. Andrew rugby tackled it to catch it and found himself on the floor gazing up at the Australian film star.
It was a story he greatly enjoyed telling.
The Freedom of the City of London, which amongst other things gave him the right to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge, was bestowed on him after he worked inspecting the bridges over the River Thames.
This work included an annual inspection and involved abseiling down the sides of the bridges to check the state of them underneath!
Andrew was born in Holloway, North London, moving to Harringay when he was two years old. He lived there for many years, becoming a qualified chartered quantity surveyor working for the City of London, and his eldest son Toby now lives there.
From there Andrew worked for Girls' Day School Trust, the UK's leading network of Independent girls' schools, in London.
After a number of years Andrew then had a change of career becoming a Bursar, firstly at St Francis College in Letchworth and then Ratcliffe College, Leicester, which prompted a move to Melton Mowbray in July 2001 and getting involved in the life of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
After having a number of consultancy jobs, Andrew then joined Leicester Diocese as Director of Parish Funding and Fundraising. He became Project Manager for two building conversions in the centre of Leicester – St Martins Lodge and the Community of the Tree of Life house. He and wife Trisha became Companions of the Tree of Life project in Leicester. To find out more about the project click here.
Andrew had a lifetime love of Scouting, leading camps at an early age mostly in Scotland, where he had hoped to retire to in the future. He was also heavily involved with Great Ormond Street Hospital Scouts.
He met his wife Trisha at a camp for Scouts with special needs and, unbeknown to the couple, the two Scout leaders, Kim and Mike, spent the whole camp trying to bring them together. It obviously worked because on November 5, 1988 they were married in Uckfield, East Sussex.
The couple stayed in touch with the camp and son Toby, who first went along when he was six months old, still goes on it every year.
When the couple moved to Melton they both became involved in the life of St Mary's Church and they were told there were plans for a re-ordering project for the beautiful Grade I Listed building. There were subsequent revised versions of this until the church closed in 2017 for re-ordering work to take place. Andrew, alongside a team, was instrumental is seeing the work completed on time and to budget.
Since joining the congregation Andrew served on the Christmas Tree Festival Committee for 16 years, was a Deputy Church Warden, a Trustee of the CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation), which was set up to oversee the recent re-ordering project in St Mary's Church, a member of the Fabric Express Group and also a member of the church Men's Group. He was also a church reader and intercessor.
Andrew's biggest love was his family - wife Trisha, sons Toby and Matt and daughter Hannah, who are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. He was a much loved and respected member of the congregation at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and he will be greatly missed.
Amongst the many tributes to Andrew were the following:
Melton Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, said: "Andrew will be greatly missed. He has been so much a part of the life of the Church family at St Mary’s for so many years, together with wife Trisha and children Toby, Hannah and Matt. His commitment to being Deputy Church Warden and fulfilling many other roles, especially on the building side of Church life, was invaluable. I would go so far as to say that, had it not been for the expertise which Andrew brought to the re-ordering project, the building we and the community experience today would still be a vision and not an actuality. His input to our various “generous giving” campaigns was important too. He was also a great friend and support during some difficult times. Andrew also had a strong faith and a wonderful sense of humour (we all remember his colourful socks!) and, in that vein, I’m sure he won’t rest in peace but, rather, will be sorting out the finances in the kingdom of heaven and checking that the pearly gates and the buildings are all in good shape!"
Rachel Bennetts, Prior, Community of the Tree of Life, Leicester, said: "Andrew and his wife Trisha are very dear to us and have been part of our journey from the very beginning. We shall always remain grateful to God for the contribution Andrew made and the blessings we shared, we know he has his reward now as he meets the Lord. We ask you all to remember Andrew’s family in your prayers over these coming days."
Jonathan Kerry, Leicester Diocesan Secretary, said: "Andrew joined the diocesan staff in 2008 as Director of Parish Funding and Fundraising and soon became well known for his wise and prayer-inspired support for parishes throughout the diocese, particularly in stewardship programmes. His gentle humour and deep understanding of the local church enabled him to walk alongside churches large and small as they wrestled with financial challenges of all kinds. In the past two years, Andrew has been the Project Manager for two building conversions in the centre of Leicester – St Martins Lodge and the Community of the Tree of Life house. He was anticipating retirement at the end of July and a move to the Scottish borders, but very sadly a scheduled operation for a long-standing condition did not go as planned. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trisha and the rest of their family."