At the end of 2016, having reached the age of 70, Canon Ann had no option but to retire (that’s the law for parish clergy), from her work as Diocesan Director of Ordinands, as Rural Dean of Skipton, and as Parish Deacon of Broughton, Marton & Thornton, and at the end of some thirty years in ministry.
On the Feast of the Epiphany, transferred to the Sunday (8th January), there was a united service at St Mary’s. [And thanks to those who gave generously at the collection: the money will be given the local charity, the Craven Trust. After which the parish laid on a wonderful lunch at the West Marton Institute.
A tremendous occasion, of great warmth, at which speeches were made and generous gifts given. A very happy and most successful event even if, sadly, Ann will not be worshipping in the parish for the next six months.
Annette, our resident photographer as it were, took several pictures during the day, and many more can be see in the Gallery.