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Sherfield-on-Loddon rector retires
1:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
IT WAS the end of one chapter and the start of another as a popular village rector marked his retirement by cutting the first turf in the foundations of building work at his church.
The Reverend Bob Politt, rector at St Leonard’s Church, in Sherfield-on-Loddon, said farewell to parishioners and the parish after 15 years.
But his goodbye service last Sunday morning also signalled the start of a new development which will provide the church with extra space and new facilities for the growing congregation.
Contractors are expected to begin the work in the next few weeks, following 12 years of fundraising by members of the congregation.
The extension is expected to be completed by July 2014 when the Bishop of Winchester, The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, will officially open it.
The celebration service on Sunday was attended by 200 well-wishers from the village, who said goodbye to Rev Politt, who is retiring with his wife Rody, to Histon, in Cambridge.
He said: “I am proud to have been part of a growing and welcoming community here at St Leonard’s. After nearly 40 years in ordained ministry, it’s been great to see more and more people worshiping together in this fantastic building.
“This new development marks an exciting new chapter for the church, and I wish the parish the best for the future.”
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