After seven years of untiring ministry – conspicuous for its involvement with the life of our community – Simon is retiring as Vicar of the Moreton Benefice on 17th March. He and Anne will be moving to the South Hams area of Devon, to the village of Modbury (appropriately perhaps, as one of the earliest towns in Britain to have banned plastic bags – Simon having been in the forefront of Moreton’s current campaign to reduce the use of plastic).
Plastic apart, Simon has modelled much more than the common perception of one who has ‘turned his collar round’, and given himself to the concerns of individuals as well as to the wider community – and far beyond those who count themselves as Christians. Few will have been to hospital and not received a visit – or several visits – from him, while any initiative designed to improve the lives of parishioners and those beyond the bounds of the benefice have always been able to count on his support and encouragement.
We shall miss you both, Simon and Anne, and pray that God will lead you into new paths of service among those who will be fortunate enough to be your new neighbours.