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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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West Cumbrian vicar moves on

Aspatria's vicar is leaving after seven-and-a-half years to take up a new role in Millom.

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NEW PARISH TO WALK: Rev Clive Shaw is leaving St Kentigern's Church in Aspatria

The Rev Clive Shaw, 59, will perform his last service at Aspatria Community Centre at 11am on March 2 before he becomes the priest-in-charge of the benefice of Millom.

He said: “It’s been a great seven-and-a-half years but the way of the Church of England is that we all move on after a while and I felt that was the right thing for myself. It’s good for churches to have fresh leadership every once in while.

“I am excited about my new post but I have been very happy in Aspatria. I have made many friends and I will be sad to leave. I hope we can keep in touch.

“I will miss the friendliness and being in a community where everybody knows everyone. It’s been a very special time in a very special place.”

He said one of his biggest highlights was about three years ago when the church had a fund-raising campaign to buy a much-needed toilet for St Kentigern’s Church.

He added: “It seems a small thing but it was essential.”

Mr Shaw was born in Barrow and grew up on Walney Island.

He was ordained in 2002 and was assistant curate for four years at St Mary’s Church in Westfield, Workington.

He took up his role as the vicar of Aspatria, with Hayton and Gilcrux, in 2006.

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