Who we are

We love internationals.

International Café is an initiative by local Christians in St. Neots. We warmly welcome every one, whatever age, faith or culture.

The Team

Penny Marsh

Penny MarshPenny is British, but was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood living in various countries around the world with her family ( Sudan, Hong Kong, Kenya, Brasil…), so she doesn’t feel very British! She has teenage children and has lived in St Neots since 2004. She knows what it is like to be a foreigner in a country and enjoys meeting international local people and sharing food and friendship with them. She teaches English as a Foreign language in Cambridge and locally (see FREE conversation class, and Kings English School information www.kingsenglishschoolstneots.co.uk). She enjoys working with her husband on their allotment, and meeting friends for coffee!

Richard van der Hart

RIchard Van Der Hart Richard is a Dutchman, married to Anna who is English. They spent the first few years of their married live in Holland and moved to England in the early seventies. They have lived in St Neots for 42 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

He did a masters in Economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Richard knows from experience how important it is to welcome people from other nations and offer them friendship particularly in the current political climate.

He enjoys fly fishing and has joined an art group to learn watercolour painting.

Cath Heath

Cath Heath

Ferdinand & Christine Parillon

Ferdinand Christine ParillonFerdinand and Christine Parillon hail from the beautiful Caribbean island of The Commonwealth of Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. They have been married for over thirty six years and have four children and twelve grand children.

Together, they have also lived and worked in the Caribbean, United States of America and the United Kingdom. They have both been employed in areas where they had to work and help people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and know how to extend the hand of friendship. They enjoy fishing.

Hannah Brown

Hi I’m Hannah. I work for St Neots Evangelical Church as an apprentice and administrator. I love being on the international team at SNEC, and being able to get to know people from so many different cultures, especially as where I grew up in the UK (Devon) was not very multi-cultural!

In my spare time I love to enjoy the great outdoors – swimming, walking, cycling, rowing – you name it! I also enjoy being creative (usually with my sewing machine).

Philip Bowes

Hi my name is Philip and I grew up in Berlin. My mum is German and my dad is English-Canadian. I got my undergraduate degree in Québec (French-Canada) where I enjoyed meeting people from other francophone countries. I then moved to the UK to do my Master’s and was excited to get to know so many Asians and other Europeans at my uni.

I now work as a German customer service agent and have colleagues from all over Europe. In my free time I like playing snooker and cooking for my friends. I love British culture for many reasons, one of them being that the UK is so welcoming to foreigners.