Tickenham rector holds last church service
PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:51 25 February 2019
A rector has held his last church service.
Reverend Tony Roake has left St Quiricus and St Julietta, in Tickenham, after seven years’ ministry in the parish.
He and his wife Jill will take semi-retirement in Camerton, near Bath, where they will provide a part-time pastoral ministry.
Friends gathered in the church, in Church Lane, on Sunday for Tony’s last service, where he was presented with gifts and cards as a thank you for his work.
St Quiricus is part of the joint parish benefice with Christ Church in Nailsea.
Tony thanked those who attended the services.
He said: “We have got mixed feelings on leaving, we know that this is the right time for this new phase in our lives to begin, as God has made this very clear to us, but it is hugely sad.
“I want to give our blessings and thanks for the friendship and love we received throughout our precious time in Nailsea and Tickenham.”