The Rev Nicki Bland was installed as Church of England Priest-in-Charge of Great and Little Staughton and Hail Weston at a service on Tuesday 6th September.
Her ‘institution and licensing’ was overseen by the Bishop of Huntingdon and Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech in a packed church (St Andrew’s Great Staughton). During the service, Nicki was formally welcomed by various representatives from the church and local community. The evening ended with drinks, nibbles and time for chatting. As well as thanking the organisers, the Archdeacon thanked retired members of clergy who have helped with services during the time since Judy retired. Nicki gave special thanks to her husband John for his hard work since they moved into the vicarage at Great Staughton in July.
Nicki and John’s little grandson behaved impeccably throughout!
Following our second meeting on 29th February, we have now produced a Statement of Significance, which is a document that lays out why the Church of St Nicolas is so important, both historically and to the local community. This is accompanied by a Statement of Need which explains why we feel that some re-ordering of the church is needed now. Both documents will be submitted shortly to the Diocese Advisory Council in Ely, along with some provisional sketches, and hopefully once these are accepted, the first of our four projects will be under way officially.
In the meantime, there is plenty to do, including making provision during re-ordering for the welfare of the bats who live in and around the churchyard, seeking funding, organising a bank account, visiting other churches and learning from their experiences, and researching new ideas so that any changes will be sympathetic to the needs and character of our church in the centuries to come.
Getting everything pulled together will take time, but it is exciting to be taking these first steps and feel that our project is finally getting under way.
3rd March 2016