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New vicar welcomed to Tadley
A NEW vicar has been officially installed in Tadley – and he is raring to get involved in the local community.
Richard Harlow, 50, has moved to the area with his wife Kayla from Sussex, where he has spent the last 12 years working as a hospital chaplain.
Last week he officially became rector of The United Benefice of Tadley with Pamber Heath and Silchester during a ceremony held in St Paul’s Church, in The Green.
The Rev Harlow told The Gazette that he is keen to get involved in community life and is looking forward to once again working as a rector, having previously spent many years in the role in Nottinghamshire.
He said: “I am excited about the challenge, although a little nervous.
“I am looking forward to working with local schools and to getting out and about in the community, looking at what is good and not so good in Tadley and finding out what we can do to help.
“I think the job of the Church is to reinvigorate community life.”
The Rev Harlow has taken up residence in the rectory to the rear of St Paul’s Church. The 50-year-old, who has four grown-up children, replaces Rev Peter Copper, who took his final service in February after 14 years of ministering in Tadley.
The Rev Harlow said: “I don’t know the area well and I’m looking forward to getting to know the local area and the people here.
“We want to become part of the community and we are certainly not planning on leaving in a hurry. I’m 50 and I guess we may be here until I retire.”
The United Benefice of Tadley with Pamber Heath and Silchester is a newly-formed benefice which encompasses St Paul’s and St Peter’s churches, in Tadley, St Luke’s Church, in Pamber Heath and St Mary’s Church, in Silchester.
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