Area mourns deaths of popular clergymen

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WELL-respected clergymen the Rev Mike Notley and the Rev Hugh Theodosius have died.

Mr Notley (71), who died on Friday, had retired to Corby Glen after serving Holbeach Hurn, Holbeach St Marks, Lutton and Gedney Drove End for ten years to 2006.

Mr Theodosius (79), who died on September 9, lived in Long Sutton and was a retired clergyman who helped out at churches in the Long Sutton area after serving Billingborough, Horbling, Sempringham Abbey and Pointon from 1981 to 1994.

Born and brought up in Bourne, Mr Notley was one of the first Bourne Grammar School pupils to go to Oxford, where he studied history.

He had a long career in teaching with posts including the deputy headship of a big comprehensive school in Leicester.

Mr Notley was a keen sportsman, playing football and cricket, and twice played football at Wembley as a striker for his Oxford University team.

He ran sports teams at his schools and was proud to have taught former England star Gary Lineker in Leicester and to have met former Leeds manager Don Revie while at Repton School.

Mr Notley was ordained 25 years ago and served the church part-time before switching to a full-time career in the ministry.

He leaves his wife, Josie, son Mark, daughter Clare and six grandchildren.

Mrs Notley said: “He was very fond of his family and very proud of his two children because they both went to Oxford University.”

Although retired, Mr Notley was active in the church and continued to conduct services.

There will be a thanksgiving service to celebrate Mr Notley’s life at 2pm on Monday, October 1 at Bourne Abbey Church.

Bachelor Mr Theodosius moved from London to Lincolnshire in 1981.

He came from a family dedicated to the church – his grandfather was Bishop of Guildford and later Dean of Salisbury – and his brother, Richard, was also a priest.

James Theodosius, his nephew, said: “He was very dedicated to his work. He was first and foremost a priest and that’s how he understood himself over and above everything else.

“Schools were very important to him and I know he was governor at a few. His close family were very important to him.”

Mr Theodosius studied at Lancing College before going to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study theology.

His funeral service takes place on October 1 at midday in St Andrew’s Church, Horbling.