As most of our villagers are aware, Jill has resigned with regret from her position of Team Vicar of the Wallingford team and specifically caring for the parishes of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Crowmarsh.
Jill and Adrian may have only been with us a few months but it seems much longer as Jill involved herself so much. She participated in the activities of both parishes, especially in the schools, where she has regularly attended school assemblies and encouraged the schools to hold many of their special services in church, in particular at the main festivals of the year and at the end of school terms.
It is only at times like these you sit and take stock of the enormity of the commitment of being a priest. As well as planning and taking the Sunday services - dashing between here and Crowmarsh, there are babtisms, weddings, funerals, cremations and all the family care, prayers and planning they take up. Also there is the organising and carrying out of various specialised training courses within the team. Then there are the PCC and other committee meetings to attend and carrying out the job of Chairman of the Fairthorne Charity trust and all that has entailed.
We have been taught a lot about Jill and Adrianís African missionary work including a fascinating evening of African food followed by a slide show of the African way of life they experienced. We have loved and taken Jill and Adrian to our hearts and are truly sorry that they have gone, but they will carry out the Lordís work elsewhere. We really will miss them and wish them every success, joy and happiness for their future.
As for our spiritual future, the position is being advertised, and in the meantime we rely on the Revd. David Rice and various willing retired local priests to come and conduct our services and to carry out Godís work among us.
Roy Thorpe and Olive Sutcliffe