Revd Anne Gilbert's last service at St Andrew's Church before becoming vicar of Rochdale

Date published: 06 June 2021

Reverend Anne Gilbert’s last service at St Andrew’s, Dearnley, will be on Sunday 13 June before she takes position as the new vicar of Rochdale.

Anne will become Incumbent of Rochdale's Parish Church, St Chad's, as well as St Mary In The Baum, St Edmund's, Falinge, St Luke's at Deeplish and St Peter's at Newbold.

Revd Rachel Battershell, Vicar of St Andrew’s, said: "It is with some sadness that we have to say goodbye to Revd Anne. She is not going far - down the road to Rochdale, in fact. We are delighted for her and we know her support for her new parishes will be invaluable.

"Anne joined the Benefice of Dearnley, Wardle and Smallbridge in September 2018 and assisted me at St Andrew's and at Wardle Village Church. In three years she has become an active member of the ministry team, involved in services throughout the benefice and in the wider community.

"She has been a regular visitor to St James's School in Wardle, undertaking many assemblies before Covid and, in the past year, lots of Zoom assemblies.

"With her background in teaching, she became one of the Church Trustees at The Watergrove Academy, which she will continue to be until July this year. 

"She has gained vast experience during her time with us and she will, I am sure, take all she has learned forward into her new role. We wish her every happiness in her new parishes.”

Anyone wishing to bid farewell to Anne can drop in at St Andrew's between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 12 June to say goodbye and enjoy tea and cake in a Covid-secure afternoon tea.

Anne’s final service is at 9.30am on Sunday 13 June.

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