‘Solid’ future for parishes

Father Jonathan Sibley is now vicar incumbent for Long Sutton, Lutton and Gedney Drove End, Dawsmere.
Father Jonathan Sibley is now vicar incumbent for Long Sutton, Lutton and Gedney Drove End, Dawsmere.
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THREE of South Holland’s parishes now officially share a vicar.

After being priest of Long Sutton for the last ten years, Father Jonathan Sibley is now vicar incumbent for the parishes of Long Sutton, Lutton and Gedney Drove End, Dawsmere.

He says the move is “official recognition” for the work which has been carried out in the parishes over the last four years.

The new pastoral scheme came into effect on September 1 and was signed by the Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Rev David Rossdale, and the Church Commissioners.

Mr Sibley said: “It gives a more solid, confident future for the three parishes.”

Mr Sibley says the status is not often awarded, as the incumbency of a parish can be suspended in favour of having a priest in charge.