Father Treasure says his goodbye
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 April 2015
An Exmouth vicar has said a fond farewell to his parishioners after more than 14 years.
Father Trevor Smyth has left his post at All Saints Church, to take on a new role in East Sussex.
Before leaving town, he paid a final visit to the children of All Saints Preschool, next to the church, where he is known as Father Treasure.
Preschool manager Helena Meineck said: “We are really sad to see Father Trevor leave as he has been such an important part of the children’s life here.
“It is thanks to his kindness that we have had the use of the orchard for the past few years.”
Having said goodbye to the children, Father Trevor’s last service at the church was a blockbuster affair, attended by more than 200 people, including Bishop Richard Hawkins, the former Bishop of Crediton and a former altar server at All Saints when his father was vicar in the 1940s.
There were 13 priests present taking part in the service, and there were readings honouring Father Trevor and a stirring rendition of Zadok the Priest by Handel.
After the service, the celebration moved to the church hall, where wine and soft drinks were served, and Father Trevor was presented with gifts, including a silver Communion set from his congregation.