Final Farewell to Revd Clifford Stride – Sutton Veny on 4 February 2024

Clifford StrideThe Upper Wylye Valley Team, its congregations and friends joined together in St John’s Church in Sutton Veny to say a sad but grateful farewell to Clifford Stride who has been our Team Vicar for over seven years and who will retire at the end of February. His final service was on Sunday 4th February and  the church was packed. Revd Jonathan Hiscox led the service, Katherine Venning preached the sermon and Clifford celebrated Holy Communion. The choir was strongly represented, Mark Venning played the organ and all the churches in the benefice assisted by producing practical help to ensure it all went smoothly.

Afterwards a reception was held in the Village Hall, with ‘bring and share’ donations of food generously given to supplement the wine, tea and coffee produced by the PCC. A presentation was made to Clifford of a particularly special watch and a cheque for money left over to which a large number of donors had contributed. Alasdair McGregor thanked Clifford on behalf of all the parishioners in the team for his unstinting service to us. It was truly a team effort and Clifford showed his appreciation in a short speech of thanks.

See more in the March edition of the Upper Wyle Valley Team Parish News.