Missioner appointed for North Downs Benefice.

All Saints’ Parochial Church Council is pleased to announce that a Missioner has been appointed for the North Downs Benefice which includes Hollingbourne. Unfortunately no candidates so far have been found for the Team Vicar for Hollingbourne which has lain vacant since the retirement of the Reverend Nigel Fry in April 2015. The post has been advertised in the Church Times and on the Canterbury Diocesan website and is based at the Hollingbourne Vicarage. Regular church services continue to be held in Hollingbourne.

Since 2015 the the local churches have been reorganised with the abolition of the Leeds and Hollingbourne Benefice and the creation of the North Downs Benefice. Hollingbourne is now part of the Pilgrims’ Way Parishes group of churches along the north side of the M20 between Hollingbourne and Boxley. Leeds and Broomfield have joined with Langley and Otham with the Reverend Steve Hughes as the Team Vicar. The Team Rector is the Bearsted based Canon John Corbyn. The Missioner will concentrate on mission in the new housing estates in the area.

Jim Findlay, Churchwarden at All Saints’ Church, writes:-

I can now confirm that we can make the announcements about Graham Bibby’s appointment as the new Team Missioner on Sunday this week.  We have secured a licensing date of 25 September in the Bishop’s diary and this has been agreed with Graham.  The licencing will take place in Langley.


Other All Saints’ News.

The Parochial Church Council is applying to the Diocese of Canterbury for a Faculty to install a winding mechanism for the church clock.

Pictured below is the house of the Missioner in Samphire Close in Grove Green.