THE Rector of Malpas, Canon Ian Davenport shared an open weekend of activities in the village with parishioners and new curate, the Rev Antony Dutton who has just arrived in the parish.
Ordained in Chester Cathedral, Mr Dutton, 29, has enjoyed his first week exploring the parishes and surroundings as he takes up a curate position in Malpas with Canon Davenport.
He is the first curate to be trained in the Benefice for many years and brings forward new ideas and opportunities to develop the ministry in the region.
“We are delighted to welcome Antony, his wife Vicky and their daughter Elizabeth,” says Canon Davenport.
Stewart Smith, director of Music at St Oswald’s, supported a spectacular musical weekend opening with a celebrity organ recital by Roger Fisher in St Oswald’s.
The next day, a coffee morning took place and talented members of the church’s choir sang solos and provided group musical entertainment for visitors as delicious homemade refreshments were served.
The weekend concluded with a family service and then choral evensong sung by St Oswald’s Choir when organist James Kealey accompanied and Stewart Smith conducted.