Vicarage build is un­der­way to wel­come rev­erend to vil­lage

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

BUILD­ING work is un­der­way on a new vicarage to serve Sut­ton and three amal­ga­mated parishes.

Con­struc­tion work­ers are on site lay­ing foun­da­tions for the build­ing, which is on land owned by the Dio­cese in part of the for­mer gar­den for the old vicarage at Church Lane, Sut­ton.

The old vicarage and the re­main­der of the gar­den was sold to a fam­ily last sum­mer.

It’s hoped the build­ing will be fin­ished in the sum­mer.

The new two-storey house will serve Sut­ton as well as the Win­cle, Bosley and Wild­boar­clough parishes in a new com­bined benefice.

Ian Bishop, archdea­con of Mac­cles­field, said: “The house is go­ing to a splen­did ad­di­tion to the vil­lage. It’s a very nice de­sign which is in keep­ing with the vil­lage and will pro­vide a good base for the new vicar to work from.”

The work is wel­come news to the com­mu­nity, which has been with­out a vicar since Ver­ena Breed left the parish. It’s now been an­nounced that Rev Dr John Har­ries, from St John the Evan­ge­list Church at Higher Walton near War­ring­ton, will take over.

He will be in­stalled as the new vicar with a spe­cial ser­vice by the new Bishop of Stock­port, the Rev­erend Libby Lane, who is the Church of Eng­land’s first fe­male bishop.

Rev Har­ries is likely to move into the Win­cle vicarage in April ahead of the ser­vice in May.

Gra­ham Smith, who helps at the church­yard at Sut­ton, said: “We’re all pleased to see the work start on the new vicarage.

“We have been with­out a vicar for too long and are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing our new vicar.”

The vicarage is in the green belt but was granted plan­ning ap­proval due to its ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity. It’s hoped the plan will help pro­tect the her­itage of Sut­ton St James, which has been at the heart of the vil­lage since 1840.

John Evans, a church war­den at Sut­ton St James, said: “It’s been a long vacancy with no vicar and we’re de­lighted that John has ac­cepted the ap­point­ment. We’re look­ing for­ward to him be­ing with us.”

Rev Har­ries will of­fi­cially be­come the new vicar at a ser­vice at Sut­ton St James on Mon­day, May 11.

Pic­ture by Janet Parkin­son

●● Work­ers are be­gin­ning build­ing work on the new vicarage at Sut­ton

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