Vicar to retire
Statement from Andrew Staley
The Vicar of Tisbury, the Revd Andrew Staley has announced his retirement. He’ll depart early next year. Andrew, pictured here during the Summer Fete, came to Tisbury in 2008 with his wife Donelle and two dogs. The following announcement was read in St John’s and surrounding churches on Sunday 23rd October.
It is with sadness and great gratitude that Andrew Staley announces today his retirement from the pastoral ministry in the Nadder Valley. His last service will be on Candlemas, Sunday 29th January 2017. Both he and Donelle are extremely grateful for the warm welcome, friendship and fellowship extended to them by all of you.
In July 2015 Andrew and Donelle were on sabbatical for three months in which they began the process of considering what their future might look like. Today’s decision is the result of that reflection. While this decision has been in the works for some time, the recent death of Donelle’s father, has increased their need and desire to be able to be free to be with family.
They look forward in due course to be able to catch up with all of you.
During Andrew’s ministry, he introduced the Family Service – a regular fixture on the first Sunday of the month, and encouraged the formation of the church band to accompany the music at it. He also led the lengthy discussions which led to the launch of the Development Project earlier this year.