Press release new ‘Vicar’

Press release from the Parish of Whaley Bridge

WHALEY Bridge is waiting to welcome its new ‘vicar’, the Rev Cheri Pinner, who has flown half way round the world from New Zealand to take up the post of priest in charge of the Church of England parish.

Cheri, will be licensed by the Bishop of Chester in Trinity Church, Buxton at 7.30pm next  Monday, 15 March. All are invited to the service, which will be followed by refreshments and a chance to meet Cheri.

Cheri, who is 71, is American.  It was formalities over a work permit which delayed her arrival here, although the announcement she had been offered the parish was first made three months ago.

The parish, which also includes St James at Taxal, has been without a priest for a year.  It had been hoped to have the licensing service in the very old St James, with the celebration refreshments in Trinity Church.  But a major problem with the heating at St James meant a switch to the larger church of Trinity. Continue Reading →

Whaley Bridge ready to welcome the Rev Cheri from New Zealand

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster, proposes to license the Rev Cheri Pinner as priest in charge on a part time basis to the parish of Whaley Bridge in the new year. The parish includes Trinity Church in the town and St James’ at Taxal.

At present, Cheri and John, her husband, live in New Zealand. They are both ordained and technically John will be an assistant curate. They envisage working closely together.

A statement from Whaley Bridge parish said: “The appointment does have financial implications for the parish, as Bishop Peter has made it quite
clear that we have to meet our parish share quota of £20,000 a year.

“We have no further details at present, except that the parish church council has unanimously accepted the proposal and announced the news at all
services on Advent Sunday – what a wonderful start to the new Christian year!”