Sunday 11th February was Revd Ric Whaite’s last service at St Mary’s, before moving to the Diocese of Newcastle as Director of Mission and Ministry.

The church was packed with parishioners, young and old.

After the service presentations were made to Ric by the Clergy and the Churchwardens in St Mary’s Handbridge Centre. This was followed by a buffet lunch.

Thank you, Ric and Anna, for all you have given to our parish over the past 4 years. We will all miss the bike and the gold trainers!

Our love and prayers go with you and your family for this new chapter in your lives.