packed service took place in St Giles Church, Goodrich on
Wednesday during which the Reverend Simon Mondon was installed
in his post as vicar to the 5 rural parishes that make up
one of the two benefices of the border group of parishes
south of Ross-on-Wye. The
Reverend Simon's installation was led by the Bishop of Hereford,
the Right Reverend Anthony Priddis.
new vicar will have his work cut out with a large rural
parish covering Goodrich, Welsh Bicknor, Llangarron, Llangrove,
Marstow, and Welsh Newton with Llanrothal with a population
of over two thousand souls to look after.
the Collation and Induction, the Vicar rang one of the newly
refurbished bells, the treble, to mark his possession of
the benefice and, as a symbol of his partnership with the
people, he was presented with a bible, water, bread and
wine by members of the congregation.
the service the Bishop thanked all those who had kept the
parishes running smoothly during the year long interregnum.
He also thanked the retiring vicar, Tony Kelk for his ministry
in the area. In his address The Bishop asked everyone present
not to be afraid to seek God both for ourselves and the
needs of others.
the service, there was a reception at Bishopswood Hall,
for parishioners, representatives from the Deanery and organizations
within the local community. There was also a big welcome
for a party from Simon's last parish who had travelled to
the induction from Bridgnorth.
is a significant occasion in the worship and life of the
five parishes and the new vicar,' said Bishop Anthony. 'I
am sure Simon is looking forward to the new challenges the
parish will bring.'