Thorne vicar to retire

THORNE Parish Church is saying farewell to its vicar five years after being ordained in the town.

Reverend Peter Boulton-Lea will conduct his last service in St Nicholas Parish Church on Sunday before being given a retirement party from his parish.

He told the Gazette: "It's been a busy five years, during which I've been involved in lots of fundraising for the church as well as attempts to get the church more involved in the community."

As part of his work in the community, Reverend Boulton-Lea was Champion of the Sea Cadets and the local branch of the British Legion.

He will be moving to Oxford for his retirement, after previously visiting the city and admiring its beauty.And he told the Gazette that he plans to become involved in voluntary work while there and the new location will place him closer to his family in London.

The Reverend studied at the University of Durham before he was ordained at Westcott House in Cambridge.

He spent a year in Singapore before moving back to the UK and being ordained at parishes around England.

He has since served at parishes around the country including several in South Yorkshire.

Reverend Boulton-Lea said: "I think Thorne is a town that has had a deal of regeneration in it.

"It's had a bit of a depressing time but it's on an upturn and I think residents have real pride in it."

The Reverend will be leaving a congregation of 65.