REV Alan Jesson is retiring as parish priest of St Clement’s Church in Outwell and St Peter’s Church in Upwell.
It will be a sad day for the villages when Rev Jesson hangs up his cassock on October 31 after serving as the local minister for the past 12 years.
“It has been a very interesting time and I have enjoyed myself here thoroughly,” he said. “There are some lovely people at both St Peter’s and St Clement’s.”
Rev Jesson has been involved with many projects at the churches over the years but mentioned the carvings discovered in St Clement’s and finally getting toilets at St Peter’s as being particularly memorable.
“The carvings are very special and a Friends group has been launched for that. It will be an on-going project for the next few years.
“Another good thing was getting toilets at St Peter’s after ten years of work. But most of the high points here are the people.”
Rev Jesson and his wife Yvonne have not got any fixed plans for the future but are hoping to stay in Cambridgeshire so he can continue to be chaplain to the county’s Territorial Army.
They were presented with a garden bench on behalf of church members after Rev Jesson performed his final baptism at the family service.
A new priest has not yet been appointed for the parish but services will continue, organised by the churchwardens, until the vacancy is filled.