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Letter from the Vicar (January 2017)

This month’s letter is written by Cyril Ford and Liz Williams, Churchwardens.

Dear friends,

We are pleased to report that the culmination of a long and full process to find a new Vicar for Holy Trinity and St Nicholas has reached a successful outcome. It gives us great pleasure as your churchwardens today to announce that the Reverend Canon Andrew Gough, currently vicar of St Ives and Halsetown in the Diocese of Truro, is to be our next Vicar.

Andrew has served the church in many different ways over the last thirty years as a priest and is a Non-Residentiary Canon of Truro Cathedral.  After training for the priesthood at Salisbury and Wells Theological College he was ordained in Chichester Cathedral and served curacies in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex and in the Diocese of Hereford.  He has served as an incumbent in Shropshire, Devon and been in Cornwall for several years.

Andrew has a great love for liturgy, music and his work as a Chair of school governors.  He has served as Chair of the World Church Group in the Diocese of Truro for several years, managing the Diocesan overseas links with others.

Andrew has a partner of twenty-three years called John, who works in the retail business and is a committed Christian; he also has a ‘Westie dog with attitude’ called Buddy!

Andrew said that he was interviewed back in the mid-eighties at college by Fr Stephen Vennor, a former incumbent, to be a curate at Holy Trinity in the days when the parish had two full-time curates.  But he goes on to say that the Bishop of Chichester offered a ‘better deal’ in Sussex!

Andrew would describe his gifts as varied but to name a few he says:
• A strong affinity with choral worship
• A commitment to openness, inclusion and welcome
• An aptitude for working in schools as an experienced school governor
• A willingness to share experience with others having been a training incumbent for nearly twenty years
• A commitment to outreach and wider engagement with the community
• A keenness to preserve our historic church buildings
• Finally, a great sense of humour!!

Andrew says:  ‘I hope that wherever I have served, I have left each place in better shape and I look forward to working with you and being your new parish priest and as we continue to discover God’s kingdom and grow the Church together.’

Late news: Andrew will be licensed at Holy Trinity on Monday 3 April.

Cyril Ford and Liz Williams, Churchwardens

January 2017

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