Vicar Jane says goodbye to her flock

A VICAR is leaving her flock on the north Northumberland coast to embark on a new challenge.

The Reverend Jane Wood, who has looked after the parishes of St Paul in North Sunderland and St Ebba in Beadnell for the last seven years, will leave Seahouses tomorrow following her last service on Sunday.

Rev Wood said: “It was very emotional because you do make very good friendships.

“In happy times and sad times, you are walking alongside them for it all.”

Rev Wood said that she has ‘loved every moment’ of her time in north Northumberland.

“It’s been wonderful,” she said. “I really feel part of the community, they have been very welcoming.

“I want to thank them for being so welcoming and accepting me as part of the village.

“I have lovely memories and I made some very good friends.”

Beadnell and North Sunderland were her first two parishes as prior to moving to north Northumberland, Rev Wood had been curate in Denton in Newcastle.

On November 10, she will start in her new role as vicar of St Peter’s in Monkseaton, North Tyneside.

“It just felt right to go and have a new challenge,” she said.

During her time in Seahouses, Rev Wood was also chairman of governors at Seahouses First School.

“Schools are a good place for the mission of the church to go forward.

“And I was a teacher before I was ordained.

“I taught at St Oswald’s in Alnwick so I have always been involved in education.”

Rev Wood was involved in the community in a number of ways beyond the church and first school.

She helped set up a scout group in Seahouses earlier this year and also acted as warden for Seahouses Hostel.

l St Aidan’s RC Church in Seahouses also saw a change of personnel recently.

Father Tony Owens left to be replaced by Father Des McGivern, formerly of St Paul’s RC Church in Alnwick.