New Team Rector for Marlborough

by Michael Ford last modified 09 Jul, 2019 05:09 PM

The new Team Rector at Marlborough is swapping one market town for another and wants help taking up beekeeping again.

The Revd Chris Smith, who has been appointed Team Rector for Marlborough St Mary’s, Preshute and Minal, has been Rector at St Bodolph’s Chevenning near Sevenoaks in Kent for 10 years.

He told Marlborough News, "The church in Chevening has grown bigger and younger over 10 years. Both Chevening and Marlborough are attractive market towns but my new role in Marlborough is one of greater responsibility."

Chris, who has family living in Salisbury, is moving to Marlborough with his wife, Catherine, and their 4 sons aged between 12 and 19.

He was previously Associate Rector at Zion Episcopal Church, Vermont, USA and before that a curate at Holy Trinity, Cambridge. He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford before working at Holy Trinity Brompton in London, home of the Alpha Course.

He has fond childhood memories of Marlborough:

"We often used to come Christmas shopping in Marlborough. My neighbour was a great friend called Geoff and his dad, Mr Pooley, owned the White Horse bookshop. Occasionally, Geoff and I would pop into the White Horse and ask for a Beano annual, which aged sixteen we thought was hilarious. Looking back on it, I've no idea how Mr Pooley put up with us."

Chris enjoys walking and has completed, among others, the Pilgrims' Way, the Camino, and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. He also has a keen interest in beekeeping.

"I used to keep bees and would like to take this up again in Marlborough if anyone can help me."

He is looking forward to the move and to getting to know his new parishioners:

"I'm really excited about the new role and can't wait to start in Marlborough. People have been so friendly and welcoming and we have a real sense of God's call. I love Jesus and look forward to helping share his good news with anyone and everyone."

His licensing service with the Bishop of Ramsbury will be held in St Mary’s on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm. All are welcome.

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