Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ringing the bells to welcome Reverend Tom Birch

I would like to welcome the Reverend Tom Birch, who is the new parish priest of St Oswin’s Church in Wylam and St Mary the Virgin Church in Ovingham. He is the first vicar to be the incumbent of both parishes, and on Monday evening he was welcomed into the community at a packed St Mary the Virgin Church, where he was licensed by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Rev. Christine Hardman. Mr Birch was previously assistant curate at St Nicholas’ Church in Gosforth.  I wish him, his wife Jessica and their three children the best of luck in their new community, and I look forward to getting to know him over the coming years.