Shotton vicar bids goodbye

The Rev. David Boddy in the grounds of St Saviour's Church, Shotton
The Rev. David Boddy in the grounds of St Saviour's Church, Shotton

A VICAR who has served an East Durham community for the past nine years is leaving for pastures new.

From next month, the reverend David Boddy, of Shotton Colliery’s St Saviour’s Church, will take over the reins of six churches in the district of Somerlayton Village, in Suffolk.

Sunderland-born Rev Boddy, who is also the vicar responsible for Haswell’s church and looked after the former Thornley church, has spent 21 years in the clergy.

He said: “Other than training, it will be the first time I have gone out of the North-East, it will be a huge change.

“The highlight of my time here, I think, is seeing the church develop and grow. There has been a significant change in people’s understanding of the church in Shotton.”

The dad-of-two, aged 54, said the thing he will miss most is “the people”.

He said new housing developments in Shotton Colliery would mean “the development of a whole new area for the next minister to work with”.