Bradford on Avon vicar ready for different ideas
Bradford on Avon’s newest vicar is raring to get to work in her parish and looking forward to getting to know the town.
The Rev Ann Keating, the new parish priest for the Benefice of North Bradford on Avon and Villages, moved into the Winsley rectory last month.
Her role will cover Christ Church in the town, as well as St Peter’s Church in Monkton Farleigh, St James’ Church in South Wraxall and St Nicholas’ Church in Winsley.
She was licensed on Monday by the Bishop of Ramsbury, in a ceremony at Christ Church.
She said: “It went really well. It was a big service and the church was packed. I moved a month ago, so I have had time to get to know the key people in the villages.”
Mrs Keating has come to Winsley, with her husband and two grown-up children, from Netheravon, near Amesbury, where she was an associate priest and worked as an assistant chaplain at the University of Winchester.
She said: “It’s a big change, taking on my own parish, but it’s wonderful to be able to concentrate on one thing and really get to know people properly.
“I want to look at different ways of being Church; not expecting people necessarily to come in regularly, but to look at different ways of engaging with teenagers, children and families.
“When I applied for the job, I was really attracted to the area, as it sounded like there were a lot of things happening, like the informal coffee and croissant cafe sessions in Winsley, but I hadn’t realised how absolutely beautiful it was.
“I’m really excited to get started and it’s a bonus to be in such beautiful surroundings.”
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