Rector of Axminster, John Good, to leave parish

PUBLISHED: 13:44 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010

AFTER 14 years at the heart of the community, the Rector of Axminster is moving on.

AFTER 14 years at the heart of the community, the Rector of Axminster is moving on.The Reverend Prebendary John Good will leave at the end of April.Mr Good, 65, said: "My team rectory licence will come to an end in about a year so it seemed the right time to me to make a move and let the Axminster team and town move on with somebody who is perhaps younger, has fresh ideas and enthusiasm."I think 14 years is long enough. We will miss the town, ministry and church a great deal,"My wife and I have had a wonderful time. "Axminster is a good town, with a lot of wonderful people in it and I've enjoyed the association with the surrounding villages."Mr Good will be in a house-for-duty and non-stipendiary post in four parishes associated with the Dorchester Team Ministry.Churchwarden Karen Wilkes said: "He will be greatly missed by the congregation and town, and we send him and Rebecca off to Dorchester with fond memories and very best wishes."Councillor Graham Godbeer, the Mayor of Axminster, said: "The rector has been very good for the ministry and church in the time he has been here."He has not only served the church but has done great work in preserving the fabric of the church, which means the ministry can go on."The church should be used, in his view, not only as a place of worship but of community. It is the centre of the Christian community in the town. He's done a very good job and will be greatly missed."n The church roof appeal is continuing with a number of fund-raising activities planned, including lunchtime concerts in May. For further information contact church wardens Norman Whidden on (01297) 32883 or Karen Wilkes on (01297) 35606.

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