Former teacher and civil servant the Rev. Jonathan Oldfield has been licensed as the new priest-in-charge of the parish of Slaidburn with Tosside.
Ordained in 2007, Mr Oldfield has worked as a self-supporting minister in the six rural parishes in Lower Wensleydale and a large number of family and friends from those parishes were present at the service conducted by the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt. Rev. James Bell, at St Andrew’s Church, Slaidburn. The Archdeacon the Venerable Beverley Mason gave the sermon assisted by Canon Ian Greenhalgh, the rural dean.
Mr Oldfield and his wife, Claire, were welcomed to the parish and their new home by the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Bridget Hilton, as well as members of the congregation of St James, Dalehead, St George’s, Dunsop Bridge, and Mrs Anthea Hodson on behalf of the Slaidburn Estate. Msg John Challoner spoke on behalf of the Catholic community in Dunsop Bridge.
While the new priest-in-charge is Derbyshire born and bred, his wife, who has worked in public administration and accountancy, hails from Yorkshire’s East Riding.
Mr Oldfield said: “We were both retired but somebody, it seems, had different ideas for us.”
Pictured on the front row from left to right are the Ven. Beverley Mason, the Rev. Jonathan Oldfield, the Rt. Rev. James Bell, Mrs Oldfield and
Canon Ian Greenhalgh.
On the back row, from left to right are Mrs Margaret Brenchley, churchwarden, John Ashworth, churchwarden Parish of Tosside, and John Cowking PCC vice chairman.