Vicar to retire after 26 years
Reverend steps down from village post
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.
“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.