Colyton’s new rector takes up her post

The Bishop of Crediton formally licenses the Rev Hilary Dawson at a packed ceremony

COLYTON’S ancient parish church was packed last night (Monday) as the town’s new rector officially took up her post.

In a colourful service, Rev Hilary Dawson was formally licensed by the Bishop of Crediton, the Right Rev Bob Evens.

The new minister has already taken up residence in the vicarage with husband Richard and teenagers Michael and Eleanor.

She says her priorities in ministry are “the building and developing of strong relationships”.

She sees the most significant challenge facing the church to communicate effectively God’s story and love to the world that “has apparently become disconnected from it, yet still expresses a spiritual longing”.

Mrs Dawson plays the piano and sings when she has opportunity. She includes needlework and walking among her recreations.