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The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close. We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, St Oswald’s, St Lawrence’s and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
We give thanks for the life of the Reverend Kenneth Burghall, former vicar of this parish, who died on 12th May 2020. May the souls of the faithful rest in peace and rise in glory.
Notice of appointment of new incumbent
The Festival of the Annunciation, 25th March 2020
Subject to all legal formalities being fulfilled, the patrons of the Benefice of Lower Peover and Over Peover are delighted to announce the appointment of Fr Murray Aldridge-Collins as the new incumbent of the aforesaid Parishes.
Father Murray has recently completed his curacy in the Parish of Holy Trinity and Saint Peters Ilfracombe, with Saint Peters Bittadon, Devon.
There is currently no date fixed for his official Induction, but there will be further information on this in due course.
The appointment of Fr Murray comes at a time of uncertainty and national concern, and is therefore a most welcome and stabilising factor for us all.
Fr Murray has written a letter to the parish introducing himself and this can be found here
St Oswald’s takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter within the parish please contact our safeguarding officer, Jacqui Freeman or the diocesan safeguarding officer, Pauline Butterfield
As you will have realised our annual fete has had to be cancelled this year. Over the years this has been a major fundraising event. The closure of the church has also led to a shortfall in our regular income. We would therefore be very grateful for any donations to help us maintain our lovely church for when we can again gather together. If you would like to make a donation please contact our treasurer Colin Gidman (see Contact Us page for details).