New rector welcomed at Charmouth service

The Bishop of Sherborne, the Right Reverend Karen Gorman, with the new rector of the Golden Cap Benefice, the Reverend Chris Martin

THE new Rector of the Golden Cap Benefice, which includes the parishes of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, was installed at the special service on Monday evening with the Bishop of Sherborne, the Right Reverend Karen Gorman, officiating.

St Andrew’s Church in Charmouth was packed when the Reverend Chris Martin was inducted by the Venerable Penny Sayer, Archdeacon of Sherborne, before a congregation of around 200 parishioners and guests, including a coach party from the Reverend Martin’s former parish in East Devon.

A number of welcome messages were delivered by community leaders, including the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, Royal British Legion president Philip Evans MBE, and Councillor Michaela Ellis, representing St Michael’s Primary School.

The Reverend Martin, who is married with three grown up daughters, make his new home in Charmouth.

He is a keen Welsh rugby fan and as he was led around the church to meet the congregation the choir sang the Welsh national rugby anthem.

One of the Reverend Martin’s first task will be to oversee the appointment of a new vicar to replace the former incumbent, the Reverend Jane Skinner.

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