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New man in the pulpit for churches in county.

A FORMER volunteer Royal Navy reservist, policeman and antique dealer is to be the new parish priest in charge at Wootton Wawen, Claverdon and Preston Bagot.

The Rev Terry Mason has been vicar of Broadway with Wickhamford in Worcestershire for the last eight years.

He expects to take up his new post in June when he will also assume a mission role in the Alcester deanery.

CALLING: Rev and his wife His predecessor in the three parishes, styled the Churches of Arden, was Canon Lawrence Mortimer, who retired last September having ensured the go-ahead for pounds 150,000 repairs to stonework at St Peter's, Wootton, which is Warwickshire's oldest church. Aged 54, Mr Mason forged careers in retail, then the printing industry after leaving school in Kent, helping in the family antique business in the Medway towns on the death of his father.

After training for the church at Trinity College, Bristol from 1994-96, he was first a curate in south east London and later vicar of Stone, near Dartford.

His wife, Norma, mother of a grown-up son and daughter, is a practice nurse who looks forward to being involved in the life of all three parishes.

Terry Mason Norma Mr Mason added: "It is an exciting prospect for me, joining three lovely parishes, all different and all clearly loved by their communities.".

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 3, 2011
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