Farewells to popular personality in the community

PUBLISHED: 13:07 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:07 03 July 2013

Reverend Alastair McCollum says farewell to his Kilmington parish. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhv 5419-26-13AW

Reverend Alastair McCollum says farewell to his Kilmington parish. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhv 5419-26-13AW


The community turns out in force to say farewell to Rev Alastair McCollum.

The community turned out in force to say farewell to a popular and well loved personality in the district.

The Reverend Alastair McCollum, the vicar of the Five Alive Mission community in the Axe Valley and the Rural Dean for Honiton, this week set off to start a new life with his family in Victoria, Canada after accepting a job to serve the Anglican Church of Canada.

The congregation and ministers of the Five Alive Mission joined together for his final communion service on Sunday, June 23, at St Giles’ Church, Kilmington.

Mr McCollum said: “It was a reminder of the fact that there are many dedicated, faithful and supportive people active in the churches of East Devon.

“It also reminded me what a privilege it has been to serve these communities.”

The church was packed out with people from Kilmington, as well as the neighbouring villages of Dalwood, Shute, Stockland and Yarcombe.

Following the service, a bring and share lunch was held in the village hall with entertainment from Maggie’s Men from Yarcombe, The Old Peculiars, from Dalwood, and the Kroft Originals.

Brian Eddy and Ray Bradley taught everyone a few Canadian colloquialisms.

Mr Eddy, who is chairman of the Mission Community Council, thanked all the McCollum family and wished them farewell.

The church wardens of the Five Alive Mission Community presented the family with envelopes of Canadian dollars following collections held in and around the villages.

Mr McCollum, who grew up in Honiton, thanked everyone for the tremendous support and friendship that they had received over his four years.

During his time, he has also served as chaplain to the Royal British Legion’s Bikers Branch, leading them around the country collecting for the Poppy Appeal on his Harley Davidson.

His appearances on the stage at many social events were not uncommon and were always amusing - he even extended his Ministry into several pubs.

Mr McCollum was also a friendly face behind the bar at the Yarcombe Inn and was a licensee at the community-run pub.

The Midweek Herald would like to thank Mr McCollum for his insightful columns over the years, which have been well received by all our readers.

We wish him and his family all the best for their new life in Canada.

He will be greatly missed in the community.

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