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A fitting tribute to “A GOOD MAN”

 

Over 300 people crowded into St Paul’s Church on the evening of Wednesday, 28th September, to celebrate the ministry of the Revd Canon Nick Ash as Team Rector of the Cartmel Peninsula Ministry Team over the last seven years.  Assistant Curate, the Revd Andrew Norman, welcomed everyone and said that although the occasion was tinged with sadness, hurt and anger at the events which had led to Nick’s decision,  the service had been designed as a thanksgiving and celebration.  Charles Edmondson led a choir drawn from the nine parishes who began the service with ‘God be in my head’ to the setting of Walford Davies.  Lessons were read by the Treasurer and Secretary of the Team Council, and the prayers by four of the licensed Readers in the Team.  Nick preached to 'Never say never'.  Other items sung by the choir were an anthem ‘Tu es Petrus’ written by Charles especially for the Curate's first eucharist service, and finally ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’.  The congregation included the Bishop of Penrith, the Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, friends and colleagues from across the community, representatives from all of the other denominations, curates that Nick had trained, and former clergy colleagues returning to Grange to pay their respects.

 

 

 

Following the service, an excellent buffet with wine was served, to which all of the 9 nine parishes of the Team had contributed, and during this time presentations were made. 

 

 

The main gifts were a pair of walking boots which Nick himself had chosen together with a cheque which he earmarked for developing the garden at his new home in Appleby.  Christine and Mike spoke glowingly of Nick’s ministry at St Paul’s and the Fell Churches, and of how much he would be missed. 

 

A number of people then gave their personal tributes.

The Revd Rachel Stavert speaking on behalf of the clergy of the Team

Joyce Leach on behalf of the Readers in the Team

Barbara Brown from the United Reformed Church

 Leslie Spring on behalf of Cartmel Priory Secondary School

 

Other tributes included:

·    ·         Phillipa Summers, headteacher at Grange Primary School, on behalf of the school – teachers, children and parents

·         The Revd Jo Rand, on behalf of the Methodist Church and Churches Together in Grange & District

·         The Revd George Wilson, on behalf of the congregation of St Paul’s, Lindale

·         Pat Taylor, on behalf of the Team Council

·        ·         David Wheatcroft, as Chair of the governors of the primary school

·   All spoke of Nick’s integrity, honesty, friendship and sincerity.  No-one could have been in any doubt of the great esteem in which he was held and of just how much he will be missed.  Although  there were some emotional moments  and despite the sadness of saying ‘goodbye’, it was a warm and memorable occasion.

 

The Diocese of Carlisle has lost one of its finest priests.