Last Sunday in St Michael and All Angels, Haworth was the last service to be conducted in the United Benefice of Haworth & Cross Roads by the Rev. Anthony Bennett before leaving to take up a new posting as a vicar to the Mid Esk Parishes in North Yorkshire.
The congregations from Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury came together at Haworth to share Anthony’s last service in the Worth Valley and to present him with ‘going away’ gifts.
Peter Breed, the Haworth Churchwarden, gave a short address in which he noted that the occasion was ‘bitter – sweet’ for the three Churches in the Benefice. Bitter as we are losing Anthony after four years with us as a curate and sweet as we shared his joy at his first appointment as a vicar.
The occasion was also special because a Coronation Statement from King Charles III was delivered to the congregations by Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Gill Arnold JPDL.
Pictured is Rev Anthony with the Deputy Lieutenant, his fellow Worth Valley Anglican clergy, the Churchwarden and other Church officials.
Pictured left to right: Peter Handley, Rev. Anthony Bennett, Deputy Lieutenant Gill Arnold JPDL, Rev. Peter Wilson, Churchwarden Peter Breed, Rosanne Anderson.
The final moments of Rev. Anthony’s last service at Haworth. Pictured left to right: Peter Handley, Rev Anthony, Rev. Peter Wilson and Rosanne Anderson.
Our happy clergy team at Anthony’s last service. Pictured left to right): Peter Handley, Rev. Anthony Bennett, Rev. Peter Wilson and Rosanne Anderson.
Pictured left to right: Deputy Churchwarden (Stanbury) Chris Tordoff, Churchwarden Peter Breed, Rev. Anthony and Organist Colin Horsley.