From SW19 to the Isle of Iona

Dear friends,

when I told you in April 2017 that I was going to retire, I thought that I was going to end my working life and – apart from helping out in our village in Yorkshire occasionally – put my feet up or do all the things I didn’t have enough time to do when I was your Vicar.

Not so, apparently!

I have just been appointed Iona Centre Manager for the Iona Community. This is an exciting opportunity for both Margery and me to work with and for the  Community during the refurbishment of the residential part of the Abbey, co-ordinating and leading worship in the Abbey Church, to deliver programme activities and offer welcome and hospitality to visitors to the island, while living in a small community with fellow members and the workforce delivering improvements of the building.

The Wild Goose – a Celtic  symbol of the Holy Spirit.


After my last service at St Paul’s on January 28th at 10am, followed by a bring and share lunch, to which you’re all welcome, Margery and I will be packing up our stuff and moving to Iona for this new adventure and the next step on our journey.

I’m not 100% sure yet, but I may be taking up writing a blog again as I did during my sabbatical on Iona in 2009 … watch this space if you’re interested.

Follow these links:
f​or more info on the Iona Community
for more info on Iona and island life

Perhaps see you there?!