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Churchwarden team keeps it in the family!

A west Cumbrian church has been boosted by news that a grandfather/grandson team has been appointed as churchwardens.

Tom Gibson, 81, had been carrying out the warden duties at Holy Trinity Church, West Seaton, on his own for the last year.

But now he’s being helped out by his grandson, 24-year-old Andrew Gibson.

Andrew, an engineer at Sellafield, said: “I appreciated all the work that my granddad has done over the years for the church. I’ve always been involved with the church and I thought I need to put something back into it.

“I’ve only been in the role a couple of weeks so I’ve not been faced with much work so far but I’m sure that will ramp up very shortly!”

There had been fears for the future of the church due to financial pressures and congregation numbers.

But the appointment of the family team has helped raise spirits.

And for Tom, a skilled woodturner who sells items to boost church funds, Andrew’s appointment is a welcomed help.

He said: “To be honest Andrew becoming a churchwarden came out of the blue. At one of the last church meetings the election of wardens came up and Andrew said he’d do it.

“I think it’s great. I’ve been struggling on on my own for long enough and it’s wonderful to have Andrew’s help.”

Grandfather and grandson will continue to maintain the fabric of the church building as well as tend and care for the church grounds.

Rev Ian Grainger, vicar of Camerton, Seaton and Northside said: “Andrew has been involved with the church for some time now.

“But I think it’s brilliant that he’s stepped up to the mark in this way. It’s put a big smile on a lot of people’s faces.

“It shows that young people can and do have an interest in the life of their church and Andrew’s really playing his part.”


Editor’s note:

The attached picture shows Tom Gibson, the Rt Revd Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith and Andrew Gibson at a Churchwarden Admissions Service.



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