Vicar to re­tire after 26 years

Rev­erend steps down from vil­lage post

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A VIL­LAGE vicar is set to step down from his role after 26 years.

Rev­erend Adrian Hirst, of St Mary’s Church, Den­ham, will be re­tir­ing from his po­si­tion this week­end, hav­ing joined the church in 1989.

In that time he has been at the church for sev­eral land­marks, in­clud­ing see­ing in the mil­len­nium, as well as the 50th an­niver­sary of VE Day and last year’s 100th an­niver­sary of the First World War ser­vices.

Rev Hirst has also in­tro­duced an­nual 100 mile cy­cle rides around Bucks which raise money for the church, as well as be­ing chap­lain for the Den­ham Air Train­ing Corps, and work­ing with vil­lage schools such as Den­ham Vil­lage In­fant School, and Den­ham Green E-Act Academy, pre­vi­ously Tile­house Com­bined School.

He has also worked

RE­TIR­ING: Adrian Hirst closely with nurs­ing homes in and around Den­ham and has been in­volved with the Den­ham Vil­lage Fayre in his time in the vil­lage.

Rev Hirst said: “I will miss it very much. I’ve re­ally tried to be a part of the com­mu­nity and it’s been very im­por­tant to me.

Rev­erend

“The peo­ple here have been won­der­ful and I’ve tried to get to know as many of them as pos­si­ble, so of course I re­ally miss this job.

“Parts of Den­ham have changed a lot dur­ing my time here, but the cen­tre of Den­ham is almost the same as it al­ways has been.”

Rev Hirst also knew the ac­tor Sir John Mills, who lived in Den­ham Vil­lage, and con­ducted the Os­car win­ner’s fu­neral in 2005.

He is now in­tend­ing on mov­ing close to High Wy­combe, but will re­turn to Den­ham on oc­ca­sions through­out the year.

He said: “I in­tend to have a break dur­ing the first part of my re­tire­ment, and then after that I will keep my­self busy with read­ing, watch­ing and play­ing sport and other hob­bies.”

A farewell ser­vice for Rev Hirst will take place at St Mary’s on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 1 at 10.30am, fol­lowed by a buf­fet and bar­be­cue in the vil­lage hall.

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