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Funeral of former Bradley and Cononley vicar, the Rev Brian Levick
9:47am Friday 16th May 2014 in News
St John’s Church, Low Bentham, was packed for the funeral of retired vicar of Bradley and Cononley, the Rev Brian Levick.
Mr Levick had served in Bradley and Cononley, Upper Wharfedale and Bentham.
Born in Ely in March 1930, he moved with his family to Long Sutton and developed a lifelong interest in agriculture. After leaving school, Brian was articled to a solicitor in Wisbech but, aged 33, returned to Cambridgeshire to train as a priest.
He served a curacy Bourne, before moving to Hemel Hempstead where he worked as a team vicar – and as a solicitor specialising in agricultural law.
In 1977 he became priest in Firbank, Howgill and Killington and honorary curate of neighbouring Sedbergh.
He was one of the first Anglican priests to be “recognised and regarded” as a Methodist Minister when he was posted to Bradley and Cononley.
His deteriorating hearing forced him to retire from full-time ministry in 1990. However, he became a curate in Kettlewell with Conistone and Hubberholme with Arncliffe and Halton Gill, where he had a dramatic journey through drifting snow to deliver young people home after a youth club.
In 1993 he began another post as county ecumenical officer for Lincolnshire and South Humberside, and curate in Sleaford, before retiring again to Bentham in 1999.
His final, unpaid posts were as ecumenical officer for Churches Together in Bentham and an active member of Local Action for Justice and Peace.
Due to mobility problems he moved to Fosbrooke House, Lytham in 2010.