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NEXT VICAR of HOLY TRINITY and ST MARY
The Revd Dennis Handley, at present Rector of Almondbury with Farnley Tyas, Huddersfield, in the Diocese of Wakefield, has accepted an invitation to be the next Vicar of our Parish.
Dennis Francis Handley comes from Leeds. He was a Mechanical Engineer and trained for Ordination at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.
He held two Curacies in the Diocese of Ripon, followed by two Incumbencies in Wakefield Diocese. Whilst being Rector of Almondbury, he has also been Diocesan Rural Affairs Officer, with responsibility for Farming.
Dennis is married to Catherine and they have three daughters, and a grandson born in early November. Dennis and Catherine will move to Berwick in the spring of 2014 and it is hoped that Dennis will be Installed and Inducted as the Vicar of Holy Trinity in March.
The latest news is that Dennis and Catherine will move in to the Vicarage during early March. The four PCC groups preparing for the welcome are all working well. Invitations have gone out to the special guests. Fire regulations put a limit on accommodation in the Guild Hall but our church should be able to seat everyone who would like to give an enthusiastic "fat" welcome to Dennis and Catherine as they come to live amongst us.
....all the excitement we have mustn't diminish our observance of Lent, which starts before our new Vicar arrives.....
at Holy Trinity and St Mary
Please see the EVENTS pages for details of a full programme of Talks and Discussion Groups during Lent - Thursday morning Reflections on Modern Day parables found in films and novels, with Canon Christopher Smith - and Thursday evening Groups discussing the three Readings appointed for the following Sunday, with the Preacher
Please see the SERVICES pages for details of Services during Lent
The Reverend Richard Carlill
The Services on Candlemas were all taken by Richard Carlill and after the 10.00am Service we had a small celebration in the Parish Centre to mark the end of his regular assistance with services. He continues as a member of our Congregation and is involved in the production of the Sunday Sheet and the Rota of Intercessors.
Richard has been with us for ten years. he came when retired clergy were not so thick on the ground and it was good that Alan and Susan Hughes could be with us to recognise the help he had given in the "lean years".
The Fat Years
We hope we are now coming in to the "Fat Years"!! Certainly, we are blessed with the presence of several retired clergy.
We're one of the