New Aylsham vicar installed
2012 : Around 300 people filled the pews to welcome Aylsham’s new priest in charge, the Revd Andrew Beane during a licensing and installation service at St Michael and All Angels Church.
The gathering was a big celebration for the assembled congregation, who had been without a priest in charge for eight months following the retirement of the Revd Bob Branson after 20 years at Aylsham.
The service was led by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, who was assisted by the Archdeacon of Lynn, the Venerable John Ashe.
During the celebratory service Mr Beane was handed the key of the church and was invited to ring the bell, which summons people to worship.
Later in the proceedings members of the congregation both young and old presented him with Symbols of Ministry including a bible, a book of common prayer, a jug of oil and a challis. Guests and clergy then enjoyed a “loud and joyous” after service party.
Rev Beane was born in Grimston and grew up in King’s Lynn, working as a curate in Norwich before becoming rector of Spixworth, Crostwick and St Faiths in 2005. He has been a popular character there and has made great efforts to make the church more accessible to the wider community.
He has moved into the new vicarage on Cawston Road with wife Catherine and four-year-old daughter Lucy and is keen to get involved in the community life of the town, encouraging families, both older and younger generations to get in touch. He wants the church here to be open house so anyone can come and chat about what they’d like to see happening in the future.
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