Friday, 18 June 2021

Rector leaves after five years

THE rector of Shiplake, Harpsden and Dunsden is leaving for a new job.

THE rector of Shiplake, Harpsden and Dunsden is leaving for a new job.

Rev Paul Bradish, who was installed almost five years ago, is moving to Kings Worthy and Headbourne Worthy parish in Hampshire, which is part of the Winchester diocese. He and his wife Helen will move at the end of the month.

Rev Bradish, 53, said: "I had planned on staying here a long time but I got a call from the Bishop of Basingstoke who told me about the opportunity. I told him I’d never met him but he said he had been to one of my services and wondered if I was interested. Helen and I went to meet him and his wife and they told us about the opportunity. I thought it was great.

"I will be responsible for training three or four curates. They want to do something different there and that was part of the pull of it."

Rev Bradish, who has five children, lived and worked in Reading for an IT law and management consultancy for 20 years before joining the church 15 years ago. He studied theology in Cuddesdon, Oxford, before working in Wokingham for his first benefice. He then moved on to Upper Kennet in Wiltshire before taking charge of five parishes and seven churches in Avebury for two years.

He moved to Shiplake in November 2010, replacing Rev Martin Connop Price, who left the previous year after 18 years of service.

Rev Bradish was installed at a ceremony at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Shiplake, conducted by the Bishop of Dorchester, Rt Rev Colin Fletcher. He said it had been "a privilege" to work in the benefice, which also includes St Margaret’s Church in Harpsden and All Saints’ Church in Dunsden.

He would remember the people he had married, the children he had baptised and the people he had helped to grieve.

"We’ve done some fun things as well and the church has grown," he said. "It’s a great place for whoever is going to take it forward."

Rev Bradish’s final benefice service will be at the Church of St Peter and St Paul on September 27 at 10am.

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