Royal town calling for priest Frankie

Rev Frankie Lee (right) is presented with a collage of photos celebrating his time in Spalding by Rev John Bennett during a farewell lunch at The Vista Hall, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Rev Frankie Lee (right) is presented with a collage of photos celebrating his time in Spalding by Rev John Bennett during a farewell lunch at The Vista Hall, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A Church of England priest who swapped ambitions of becoming a history teacher to train for the ministry in Spalding is moving on to pastures new.

After spending three years on the parish staff of St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Rev Frankie Lee (33) is taking up a post at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where the Queen attends the annual Easter Day service and in the same grounds as Windsor Castle.

Mr Lee will be officially inducted into the joint post of canon and chaplain for St George’s School in three weeks time and a coach party from St Mary and St Nicolas will be going down to Windsor for the licensing service.

“Spalding is a nice place, with nice people who have made me welcome so I really feel sorry to be leaving,” Mr Lee said.

“There has always been so much to do in the parish and the church is very active with weddings, funerals and baptisms.

“But then I have to move on and I will be taking a joint post as a chaplain to St George’s School, but also a minor Canon where I will be taking services at St George’s Chapel, including holy communion and evensong.”

One of the first jobs for Mr Lee in his new role will be to plan next year’s Garter Day service where members of the Royal Family will be joined by Members of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

These include the Princess Royal, former Prime Minister Sir John Major, ex-Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington and retired Bank of England Governor Lord Mervyn King.

Mr Lee said: “My role as a parish priest in Spalding has been transferred to Windsor Castle and at St George’s School, I can see where I will exercise my ministry fully both to the pupils and staff.”

Rev John Bennett, vicar of Spalding, said: “It has been a joy having Frankie with us in training as a Curate.

“He has connected with so many people in Spalding, as well as in the church, and we will miss him.

“Frankie will flourish in his new post as Chaplain of St George’s School and he will enjoy being part of the team at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where I wish him well for the future.”