Parishioners bid a fond farewell to a popular vicar in Great Bowden
A popular vicar is leaving St Peter and St Paul Church in Great Bowden after over two years.
Parishioners backed by Harborough Anglican Team turned out to bid a fond farewell to the Rev Bryony Wood and her husband Carl.
She set up a special service on Sunday January 12 – revolving around the theme ‘Shine’ – to mark her retirement from full-time ministry.
Presentations were made to Bryony and Carl.
The delighted couple received a cheque and a photoprint of a painting of the church by local artist Alec Riddett.
They were also thrilled to be handed a poignant photobook featuring the highlights of Bryony’s ministry at St Peter and St Paul.
They include the introduction of Café Church and Poppy Cascade produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
Church Warden Chris Hodgson thanked Bryony and Carl on behalf of the congregation and village.
He said the Café Church would be a proud lasting legacy of Bryony’s time at Great Bowden.
Chris also saluted the non-stop support and devotion Carl has given his busy wife and the contribution he himself has made to the Church.
The Rev Barry Hill also stepped up to thank the much-loved couple on behalf of the Harborough Anglican Team.