Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet
Fosse Trinity: vacancy for Associate Priest House for Duty
Archdeacon Nicola has just agreed that Canon Graham Hendy is to assume the role of Interim Minister for the Fosse Trinity Benefice for the duration of our extended interregnum. Graham will lead most services across the Benefice from July and also take responsibility for pastoral matters, whilst continuing to live in Wells. He has already met many Fosse Trinity residents, hopes to meet more of you soon at the Rendezvous coffee mornings and village lunches, and would now like to introduce himself:
I thought I had retired six years ago - the Lord clearly has other ideas. I was 62 and after 38 years, I thought to pursue a ministry without the 'boring bits'! Also I wanted to do more research and write journal articles on the Georgian Church. Those who have heard me preach will be in no doubt that I love history!
I have served urban and rural parishes in Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Hampshire; lay training in Norwich; and was Canon Chancellor of Southwell Minster. In this diocese I’ve done Sunday duty in most parishes in the deanery plus funerals and weddings. For 12 months I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Fosse Trinity, so it seemed natural I should be the one to give oversight and encouragement on a rather longer basis. So I look forward to more contact in the parishes over the next couple of years both on Sundays and midweek.
I am married to Margaret, retired school teacher, a Reader at St Thomas's, and currently Diocesan President of the MU, so you may see her in that guise. We have twin daughters both married who live in Reading and Glasgow. We have our fourth Old English Sheepdog, Lily, whom some of you have met - an unforgettable experience!
So here's to more active retirement in the benefice of Fosse Trinity. Graham.