New reverend starts work at St Margaret's

PUBLISHED: 08:56 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:56 12 February 2015

Revd Louise Grace at St Margarets Church in Topsham. Ref ext 7106-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Revd Louise Grace at St Margarets Church in Topsham. Ref ext 7106-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

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A new reverend has been installed at St Margaret's Church in Topsham to replace retiring clergyman Richard Jeffrey.

The Reverend Louise Grace, of Globefields, was officially instituted at a ceremony at the church on Monday, February 2.

She will now take responsibility for the parishes of St Luke’s, in Countess Wear, as well as the Topsham church.

She said: “The occasion was absolutely lovely and the church was packed.”

Louise (pictured) will replace the retiring Richard Jeffrey who has served the community in his role as reverend for 25 years.

A selection panel consisting of Bishop Nick McKinnel, Archdeacon Chris Fulcher and representatives of both Topsham and Countess Wear parishes selected Louise as the best candidate.

June Swan, churchwarden, said: “She has a lot of experience and has been in Devon before although in a different capacity.”

The Cambridge and Oxford graduate returns to Devon 25 years after she was a care worker in South Brent.

Louise Grace has been a reverend since 1998 and her last role was in a rural community in the Teme Valley, near Worcester, where she was in charge of five churches.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Louise.

“I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to all aspects of the job.”

The new reverend found out the position was vacant in a Church of England newspaper and decided to apply. She said she is most looking forward to baptisms and weddings and is really pleased to be part of the community.

“I feel very positive about the whole thing.”

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