On Sunday 11 August, Rev Dave Bell led his final service in front of a packed congregation of over 150 adults and children. To mark the occasion, before the service the St James Guild of Bellringers completed a quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles rung by Barbara Fraser (treble), Margaret Jeeves, Sally Creveul, Christopher Catlin, Simon Stranks (conductor) and Julia Catlin (tenor).
For this United Benefice service, Dave had chosen his favourite hymns and readings and gave an uplifting sermon. Afterwards, Mike Olney presented Dave and Kath with the gifts parishioners from all three parishes had contributed to – a large cheque which we hope will enable Dave and Kath to purchase something special, an engraved silver photo frame with pictures of all three churches and a book of memories and messages from all three villages.
After the service, a buffet lunch was provided at the Vicarage by the PCCs and was enjoyed by many well wishers.
Dave and Kath have contributed a huge amount to both the Church and our village life and they and their family will be greatly missed by us all. We wish them much peace and happiness as they embark on the next stage of their family life.