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Letter from the Team Rector

This month, I have some news to impart. After 12 years as Team Rector I am moving. I have been invited by the Bishop to take on a new post based at the Diocesan Office called Deanery Development Advisor.

Our Diocese is divided into a number of Deaneries, and the idea of the post is to encourage parishes to work together in mission and service to the community. This might involve a priest being given a deanery wide role or merging deaneries as has recently been done here.

I am looking forward to a new challenge. As a family Caterham will always be home and we will miss it hugely. We will be living in South Wimbledon, and I will be braving the Northern Line!

The last few years have not been easy, as I learn to cope with Parkinson’s Disease. Running a large Team is too much for me, so a job which I can do is exciting. I look forward to being in Woldingham on Sunday 14th January, Whyteleafe and Chaldon on the 21st, and St. John’s on 28th to say goodbye. My farewell service will be on Sunday 4th February at St. Mary’s.

With Best Wishes


Rev. Duncan Swan