Fakenham rector celebrates retirement

Fakenham Adrian Bell 380Rev Adrian Bell, rector of Fakenham will celebrate his forthcoming retirement at a special family service on Sunday, June 29, and the whole town is invited. Tony Rothe reports.

On that Sunday, which is St Peter and St Paul’s day, there will be a service at 10.30am for all the town in the form of a family service, similar in format to the ones usually held on Mothering Sunday.
At this service the Rector and his wife Marian will thank the town’s people for their support and bid their farewell. It will be followed by will be followed by a reception. All ages are welcome and the service will last about 45 minutes.
“There are no formal invitations” said Rev Bell, “But there will be exciting music, fun, balloons and laughter. Just turn up on the day. This is a celebration for the whole town.”
This follows a week after the Fakenham church celebrates the 650th Anniversary of its connection with Cambridge University.
Fakenham Church can trace it patronage much back to 1374 to King's Hall, which later became Trinity College. It is one of just 31 churches Trinity College has under its patronage.
Church patronage is important, because patrons have the right to appoint new clergy in conjunction with the local church and the Diocese, and interviews for Rector of Fakenham usually take place in the splendour of Trinity College Cambridge. In 2001, before his interview, the current Rector spent the night in an apartment of 4 rooms (it was the Judges’ lodgings!) with a bed with the Royal Coats of Arms and V & A on the headboard!
The Dean of Trinity, Dr Michael Banner will preach at the 10.30am service on Sunday June 22, bringing best wishes to the Rector from the College, and the Rector will celebrate communion in the church for the last time, having been Rector for over 13 years. There will be a reception after the service.
Adrian and Marian Bell will be moving to Swaffham in July following their retirement.
Visit www.fakenhamparishchurch.org.uk/

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