Former aircraft engineer in ministry

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Former aircraft engineer and lorry driver the Rev Charles Robertson is getting to know his 8,000-strong flock at five churches.

Mr Robertson has moved from the South Lafford group of parishes, which includes Folkingham, to take charge of churches at Donington, Sutterton, Wigtoft, Bicker and Swineshead.

He was ordained in 1996 and says he switched from a secular life to the ministry when he realised he was “able to communicate about the presence of God in an everyday way as opposed to highbrow theology”.

Churchgoers in Donington held a social evening to welcome Mr Robertson (pictured right).

Mr Robertson and his wife, Jane, have a son William, who is an airline pilot and a daughter, Georgina, who is mum to their granddaughter Ava.

He said: “I find that the folks here are very welcoming.”

Mr Robertson was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140613-134TW