Popular vicar to take final service in Stainforth

The happy couple Hazel and Rev Andrew Allington. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4432MB
The happy couple Hazel and Rev Andrew Allington. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4432MB

A WELL-KNOWN vicar is to leave his town’s church to take up a role in North Yorkshire.

Rev Andrew Allington will be taking his final services at Stainforth’s St Mary’s Parish Church in March before taking up his new post as the vicar of St Oswald’s in Filey from April 10.

Rev Allington has been part of the Stainforth community for nearly 14 years.

The 55-year-old hit the headlines most recently when he married his model girlfriend Hazel and later welcomed their first child Grace Joy in August of last year.

Rev Allington and his new wife and 36-year-old mum-of-one began looking at moving this year and having seen St Oswald’s in Filey was looking for a new vicar, he booked a holiday to the seaside town.

However, their plans were nearly changed at the last minute when the couple discovered that only clergy in the York Diocese were able to apply for the post.

But their prayers were answered just a few months later when the job was widened out and Rev Allington applied.

After making it through the short list and getting through a two-day visit for interviews back in October, Rev Allington received a phone call offering him the post which he accepted.

Rev Allington said during his time in the borough he had “appreciated the sense of loyal community in Stainforth and how accepting and friendly” people in the town were.

In a heartfelt statement the popular vicar said: “Stainforth church and community has become my extended family, especially through the many children and young people I’ve enjoyed sharing meals with at the vicarage.”

Despite admittedly finding change difficult, he added: “Every place brings its own promise and challenge.

“That’s been true in Stainforth and I’m sure will be true for us in Filey also. Whilst we are now moving, the church and people of Stainforth will always have a special place in my heart.”

Rev Allington’s final service will take place on Sunday, March 17, at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.