Vicar sent pack­ing...as farewell gift funds trip

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

RE­TIR­ING cler­gy­man Richard Love got the ul­ti­mate re­tire­ment present – thou­sands of pounds to fly out to visit his sis­ters in New Zealand.

The Rev Love has not seen them for 25 years and, thanks to a gen­er­ous whip-round by parish­ioners, can now visit them with his wife Chris­tine.

The Rev Love re­tired as priest in charge of Ald­ing­ton, Bils­ing­ton, Bon­ning­ton and Lympne.

His bumper £3,600 cheque, raised by about 200 parish­ioners, was pre­sented to him at Ald­ing­ton vil­lage hall on Sun­day.

Bon­ning­ton church­war­den Nor­man Cor­field said: “Richard has spo­ken to his sis­ters over the phone but has not seen them in 25 years.

“We had a tar­get of £2,000 to pay for the air­line tick­ets for both Richard and Chris­tine but we raised far more.

“Some of the parish­ioners gave very gen­er­ous do­na­tions.”

The pre­sen­ta­tion for the Rev Love also in­cluded a piped trib­ute by parish­ioner Michael Lloyd.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1711178

The re­tire­ment of Rev Richard Love, pic­tured with his wife Chris­tine, at Ald­ing­ton Vil­lage Hall

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