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Addingham parish turns out to bid Canon Barbara farewell
8:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A well-attended service has taken place in Addingham to bid farewell to Canon Barbara Clarke.
Mrs Clarke joined St Peter’s Church in Addingham after the early death of her husband from cancer in 2003.
Her husband had been a priest and though completing a Masters in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford at that time, she began to feel the same calling.
In less than a decade, Mrs Clarke has trained for the ordained ministry, served her curacy at St Peter’s, developed into an accomplished assistant priest, and made such a contribution in the diocese that she was appointed an honorary canon of Bradford Cathedral in 2012.
Her work in Addingham has been unpaid and part-time. Her day job has been at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield as librarian and contributor – both as administrator and lecturer – to the Yorkshire Ministry course, though her home has been in Ben Rhydding.
But a house became available in Mirfield and it made little sense to do the commute in reverse.
She promised to stay until the new rector arrived at St Peter’s.
This week, the parish welcomes the Rev Jill Perrett, and last Sunday, said goodbye to Mrs Clarke. The esteem and affection in which Barbara was held could be seen by the very large turn-out for her last service, the warmth of the speeches at her farewell lunch, and by the number gifts, including a fine, large episcopally purple umbrella.