Bishop Brian blesses church land

St Martin of Tours, Chelsfield welcomed the Rt Rev Dr Brian Castle, Bishop of Tonbridge to consecrate a new churchyard extension on Sunday (21 July).
 
Bishop Brian not only blessed the area, but also took the morning Sung Eucharist at the church.
 
The consecrated field is known as the Tryhorn Field after the last farmer, who used it for keeping pigs in the 1960s.

Church warden Philip Lane said: “It is a large piece of land that the church acquired in the 1970s and should serve us well for some 120 years. It is adjacent to the now full Victorian churchyard. The last churchyard we consecrated was in about 1959 and was full last year.”
 
In the absence of a current rector, the deed was signed by the two churchwardens, Philip and Steve McCann.
 
St Martins is in its second Interregnum following the retirement of Canon Leslie Virgo after an incumbency of 37 years.
 
Rector Paul Spreadbridge left us after 18months for pastures new in Cornwall.


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