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Rector stands down after 19 years in Skipton
3:07pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
After more than 19 years as rector of Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, Canon Adrian Botwright will say goodbye to parishioners and the wider community this weekend.
Special services have been arranged at the High Street church to celebrate his ministry, faith and life in the town.
“Leaving Skipton, where we have been very, very happy, will be a big wrench,” said Canon Botwright. “But the future with God is always full of exciting possibilities and it beckons each of us onwards and upwards.”
He will lead a “cathedral-style” evensong on Saturday at 6pm when the preacher will be the Archdeacon of Craven, the Venerable Paul Slater.
Meanwhile two other Craven churches have welcomed new ministers.
More than 200 people attended the service and the preacher was the Rev Dr Roger Walton, chairman of the West Yorkshire Methodist District.
Mrs Crompton – who has moved from Beverley with her husband, Gerald – will have care of 19 churches, covering an area from Cowling to Bingley and with a membership of nearly 900. She joined the ministry 12 years ago after more than two decades in nursing.
“My family originate from this area of Yorkshire so to come and serve God in this beautiful part of the world is an honour,” she said.
“These are exciting and interesting times within the church and it is great to be a part of it in Airedale.”
And Diane Weaver is enjoying life as the new vicar of three West Craven churches.
Mrs Weaver, 56, has taken charge of Holy Trinity and St Mary-le-Ghyll in Barnoldswick and St Michael’s in Bracewell.
“The people are so friendly and so welcoming,” said Mrs Weaver. “As a place to live and work, it’s wonderful.”
Mrs Weaver worked four years as a curate at St Stephen’s Church, but prior to that had worked as a full-time adminstrator, as an innkeeper, and in the Women’s Royal Air Force.
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