THE new priest-in-charge of four parishes on the Isle of Wight will be easy to spot – he’ll be haring around the countryside in leathers and a dog collar.
Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev Tony Lawrence as priest-in-charge designate for four parishes in Shanklin, Lake, Godshill and Ventnor. And he’ll enjoy travelling between the churches and people’s homes on his Vespa scooter.
Fr Tony has just completed a two-year curacy, serving in St Catherine’s and Holy Trinity, Ventnor, and in Bonchurch.
He was keen to stay on the Isle of Wight after living here for 25 years, and these churches fitted in with his Anglo-Catholic tradition. The parishes of St Saviour’s-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin; Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake; All Saints, Godshill; and St Alban’s, Ventnor, are all members of the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda.