Sad farewell to curate as he takes up first post as a vicar

Rev Andrew Whitehead with his wife Rebecca and children Eleanor 6 and Joseph (1) who is leaving Clitheroe to take up his first post as a vicar in Norfolk.
Rev Andrew Whitehead with his wife Rebecca and children Eleanor 6 and Joseph (1) who is leaving Clitheroe to take up his first post as a vicar in Norfolk.

Popular curate the Rev Andrew Whitehead is leaving Clitheroe to take up his first post as a vicar.

Mr Whitehead came to Clitheroe three years ago after completing his degree in Theology at the University of Cambridge. Working as assistant to the Rev Andrew Froud in the parish of St Mary Magdalene’s, Mr Whitehead has been appointed as vicar for a parish in Norfolk where he will be part of a team running four churches. He is looking forward to the new challenge of working in a large rural area. Joining him will be his wife Rebecca, a lecturer in astrology and astrophysics for the Open University, and their two children, Eleanor (six) and one-year-old Joseph.

Mr Whitehead, who is 37, said his time in Clitheroe had been excellent preparation for him to become a “fully fledged’’ vicar.

He said: “During my time at Clitheroe I have got to know people very well and become involved closely in their lives, through both good times and bad.

“Helping people to ovecome illnesses such as cancer and also being there for people at the end of their lives has been a privilege for me.’’

Born and bred in Accrington where he was an active member of St John the Evangelist Church, Mr Whitehead is a former pupil of St Christopher’s High School where he was head boy.

Parishioners will have the chance to say goodbye to the Whiteheads at a choral evensong service this Sunday at St Mary Magdalene’s at 3-30pm followed by a bring and buy share party in the parish hall. Singers from Downham and Chatburn will join St Mary’s choir for the occasion.