Judy’s come home again

Promoting the raffle stall at the fete at  St Ebba's church in Beadnell are Joyce Hooper, Val Sim, the new vicar Rev Canon Judy Glover and Fred Tinker. Ref: JCNG beadnellfete
Promoting the raffle stall at the fete at St Ebba's church in Beadnell are Joyce Hooper, Val Sim, the new vicar Rev Canon Judy Glover and Fred Tinker. Ref: JCNG beadnellfete
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Promoting the raffle stall at the fete at St Ebba’s Church in Beadnell are Joyce Hooper, Val Sim, the new vicar Rev Canon Judy Glover and Fred Tinker.

Judy has come home to north Northumberland – to be vicar of St Ebba’s and St Paul’s in Seahouses – after working as a priest in Alston.

She went to the Cumbrian town from Upper Coquetdale, where she was appointed vicar of Alwinton, Holystone and Alnham in 1999. Before being ordained, Judy spent more than 25 years working in farming.

She was a shepherd at Chillingham Home Farm, working with sheep which roamed with the white cattle.

During those years she lived at Ellingham, where she served as a church warden. She started her training for the church in 1992, was ordained as a deacon at North Shields and then as a priest in 1996 at Newcastle Cathedral, when she was appointed curate in Wooler and the surrounding villages.

She still keeps her agricultural ties and, when her latest appointment became known, word soon spread around the parish that her chickens were installed in her new vicarage before she was.