New vicar appointed

A new rector has been appointed for the Upper Wensum villages.It was announced at a benefice service in St Bartholomew's Church, Brisley that the Bishop of Lynn, the Right Revd James Langstaff, on behalf of the parish patrons, has appointed the Revd Robin Stapleford to be Rector of the Upper Wensum Village benefice, which is made up of the parishes of Colkirk, Whissonsett, Brisley, Horningtoft, the Ryburghs, Shereford and Gateley.

A new rector has been appointed for the Upper Wensum villages.

It was announced at a benefice service in St Bartholomew's Church, Brisley that the Bishop of Lynn, the Right Revd James Langstaff, on behalf of the parish patrons, has appointed the Revd Robin Stapleford to be Rector of the Upper Wensum Village benefice, which is made up of the parishes of Colkirk, Whissonsett, Brisley, Horningtoft, the Ryburghs, Shereford and Gateley.

Mr Stapleford, who is 45, was ordained priest in 1997 and is presently team vicar in the Vale of Belvoir Team Benefice, which is near Melton Mowbray, in the Diocese of Leicester.

He is married to Barbara and they have three children; Adam (18) Toby (16) and Esther (11)

Mr Stapleford was a pupil at Fakenham Grammar school before going off to College in Liverpool. He was a member of Fakenham Baptist Church for several years. His parents are well known in this area; they live in Hempton.

July 27th will be his final Sunday in Leicestershire, the date of his institution is not yet confirmed, but it is likely to be around the end of August.