"The United Benefice of Hunstanton St. Mary with Ringstead Parva St. Andrew,
Holme-next-the-Sea St. Mary the Virgin and Thornham All Saints,
with Brancaster St. Mary the Virgin, with Burnham Deepdale St. Mary
and Titchwell St. Mary, with Choseley",
which is the official name of this Benefice, is rather a mouthful and so the name
"The Saxon Shore Benefice"
was chosen for these churches on the north west Norfolk coast.
In her fifth year of serving as the Rector of the Saxon Shore Benefice the Rev. Susan
Bowden-Pickstock has recently moved on. Her post here finished at the end of January 2019.
Susan is going to start a course of study, an MA in Christian theology, mission and ministry on a part time basis. This will enable her in the long term to develop her skills in teaching and training within the Church of England.
Alongside this course of study Susan has been appointed House for Duty Associate Priest in the benefice of Harston, Hauxton and Newton in South Cambridgeshire. Her licensing will be on the 24th February 2019 at All Saints, Harston.
We wish her well in all her future endeavours and ministries.
All of the parishes comprising the Saxon Shore Benefice are now in a period of interregnum pending the appointment of a new incumbent.
We are writing to let you know of some of the developments in the life of the churches and communities of Hunstanton, Ringstead and the Saxon Shore group of parishes. Many of you will know that both clergy moved on in January and we are very thankful to Father John Bloomfield and The Rev'd Susan Bowden-Pickstock for their work and ministry. This gives us the opportunity to strengthen ministry in the area by bringing the eight parishes together in one team, with a Team Rector and a Team Vicar. Both priests, when appointed, will serve all eight parishes giving a new flexibility to ministry in the area and allowing collaborative Ministry to develop further.
This reorganisation has the full support of the eight Church Councils and they are presently working on a Profile for a new team, which is the document that is sent to prospective candidates. We would hope to have new ministers in place as quickly as the process allows.
We take this opportunity of thanking the Churchwardens, The Rev'd James Monro, the retired clergy, Readers, Authorised Worship Assistants and all those who work so hard to ensure that the Ministry of the church continues in this beautiful area of North West Norfolk.
With every blessing
The Venerable Ian Bentley, Archdeacon of Lynn
The Rt Rev'd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn