Reverend Anne Charlton says goodbye to Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 11:49 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 29 September 2017

The Reverend Anne Charlton during the baptism of her grandson

The Reverend Anne Charlton during the baptism of her grandson

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The Reverend Anne Charlton has been sharing her memories of her time as rector for Budleigh, East Budleigh and Otterton

The Reverend Anne Charlton has been speaking about her time in Budleigh Salterton ahead of her move away.

Ms Charlton will hold her last service on Sunday, October 8, after nearly seven years with the Raleigh Mission.

She has been in charge of three churches in that time – St Peter’s, Budleigh Salterton, All Saints in East Budleigh and St Michael’s in Otterton.

Ms Charlton was heavily involved in a campaign to fund repairs to lighting in St Peter’s Church last year and the ongoing St Michael’s Parish and Community Endeavour (SPACE) to transform Otterton’s church into a community hub.

She told the Journal: “I have been delighted to see all three churches benefitting from major works during this period to make them fit for community use well into the future.”

Ms Charlton has also paid tribute to the community she has served, thanking them for the support they have given her.

“It has been a huge privilege to walk alongside families and individuals in good times and bad, and the many services, weddings, baptisms and funerals each hold treasured memories,” she said.

“The support and prayers I have received from the people here and my colleagues have been wonderful.”

She also said she fell in love with Budleigh from the moment she laid eyes on it.

She added: “Being a country girl by background, I just felt at home, and with the added bonus of the sea, it has been a wonderful place to live and work over the last seven years.

“There have been so many highlights it is difficult to pick out just a few.

“Definitely greeting Easter Day at dawn each year on the beach with my fellow ministers from the other churches must be one of them as well as the joy of conducting my daughter’s marriage and my grandson’s baptism at All Saints East Budleigh.”

Two new priests are being sought for the Raleigh Mission community, which Anne hopes will be in place soon.

Her last service will take place at St Peter’s Church, Budleigh, at 11am on Sunday, October 8.

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