Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Landscape
Snowy-High-Street
IMG8472
Tina-May5
SBJ
D812668
Musical-Time-Machine5
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Civic-Service-18
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Inbox-1
D4S0472
Gordon-and-Sam
Brazier
Hares017cropped
Remebrance-18-2
Duke-of-Kent086
IMG9097
Ogbourne
FROSTY-MORNING-
Big-Bull
Scouting-for-Girls7
Pete-Gage-Band1
TdB-Pewsey044
George-Wilding-301
White-Horse
Inbox2
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Animals06
Camilla-MSM
Sunset
JazzFestSat572
4MI-2013-11-28030
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
Remebrance-18-1
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Camilla-2012-10-19152
MYFC005
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Remebrance-18-3
D4S9273
Roving-Crows1
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Sunset2
Turin-Brakes6
Brooks-Williams1

 

Marlborough’s new rector returns to his roots

Rev Chris Smith with his wife CatherineRev Chris Smith with his wife CatherineReverend Chris Smith, who has been appointed Team Rector for Marlborough St. Mary’s, Preshute and Minal, grew up in Chaddleworth on the Berkshire Downs and he has family living in Hungerford and Salisbury.

He is moving to Marlborough with his wife, Catherine, and their four sons aged between twelve and nineteen, from St. Bodolph’s, Chevening, near Sevenoaks in Kent. His licensing service with the Bishop of Ramsbury will be held in St Mary’s on Tuesday September 24 at 7pm. All are welcome.

Reverend Chris has been Rector at St Bodolph’s, Chevenning for ten years. He told marlborough.news,  “The church in Chevening has grown bigger and younger over ten years.  Both Chevening and Marlborough are attractive market towns but my new role in Marlborough is one of greater responsibility.”

He was previously Associate Rector at Zion Episcopal Church, Vermont, USA and before that a curate at Holy Trinity, Cambridge. He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford before working at Holy Trinity Brompton in London, home of the Alpha Course.

He has fond childhood memories of Marlborough. “We often used to come Christmas shopping in Marlborough.  My neighbour was a great friend called Geoff and his dad, Mr. Pooley, owned the White Horse bookshop.  Occasionally, Geoff and I would pop into the White Horse and ask for a Beano annual, which aged sixteen we thought was hilarious.  Looking back on it I've no idea how Mr Pooley put up with us.”

Apart from his busy role as rector, Reverend Chris enjoys walking and is a member of the Chevening Pilgrims.  This all male group has walked, among others, the Pilgrims' Way, the Camino, and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  The group fundraises at the same time.  

Reverend Chris also has a keen interest in beekeeping.  “I used to keep bees in Chaddleworth and would like to take this up again in Marlborough if anyone can help me.”

He is looking forward to the move and to getting to know the people of Marlborough. “I'm really excited about the new role and can't wait to start in Marlborough.  People have been so friendly and welcoming and we have a real sense of God's call.  I love Jesus and look forward to helping share his good news with anyone and everyone.”

 

Print

Hares017cropped
Tina-May5
Brazier
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
IMG8472
Remebrance-18-3
Snowy-High-Street
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
D812668
Landscape
Animals06
SBJ
MYFC005
CivicSelfie1
IMG9097
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
Turin-Brakes6
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
George-Wilding-301
4MI-2013-11-28030
Sunset
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Remebrance-18-2
D4S0472
TdB-Pewsey044
Pete-Gage-Band1
D4S9273
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Brooks-Williams1
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
Duke-of-Kent086
JazzFestSat572
Roving-Crows1
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Sunset2
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Musical-Time-Machine5
Big-Bull
Camilla-MSM
Ogbourne
Gordon-and-Sam
Scouting-for-Girls7
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Civic-Service-18
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Remebrance-18-1
White-Horse