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Winslow reverend bids farewell to area

Rector of Winslow Belinda Searle-Barnes at the church's new teardrop-shaped Memorial Garden.

Rector of Winslow Belinda Searle-Barnes at the church's new teardrop-shaped Memorial Garden.

Winslow, Great Horwood and Addington will bid farewell to their Rector Belinda Searle-Barnes today, Sunday.

Rev Searle-Barnes is retiring from the parish after seven years and plans to move near to Lymington.

She said: “I am expecting to do lots of walking and both my husband and I enjoy the sea. We love swimming in the sea. I hope to help out in parishes in the area, I am going to continue as a priest.”

Rev Searle-Barnes moved to Winslow with her husband Paul to discover a ‘wonderful, friendly town’.

She said: “I have found it an immensely friendly town with a strong sense of community. I have found all three parishes very friendly and Winslow is a particularly strong community and Great Horwood and Addington have distinctive characters of their own.

“I saw the advertisement for the post in the Church Times and one of the reasons why I chose it was because in Winslow there was a very good choir and being a professional musician in a past career that was something I was attracted to because I love working with liturgy and music.”

Rev Searle-Barnes hopes her worship with music will form part of her legacy at St Laurence Church.

Rev Searle-Barnes’ last service as Rector will be today, Sunday at St Laurence’s at 10am. There will be a service of celebration followed by refreshments.

Rev Searle-Barnes’ replacement has not yet been appointed.

 

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