We are pleased to announce that the Rt Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop
of Leeds, has invited the Revd Tony Collins to support the Washburn
Benefice during the interregnum.

Tony has sent this message to us all:

I am very excited and grateful to be able to offer some support to your Benefice during the vacancy.  I have already met with many of the Churchwardens and we have started exploring how we might develop governance, patterns of worship and bringing the parishes of the Benefice closer together in a way that will provide a really attractive and positive opportunity for an enthusiastic and mission focussed priest to take up the incumbency.

I am currently serving in the neighbouring Benefice of Dacre, Darley, Hartwith and Thornthwaite and had the great privilege of leading thr Benefice through a long vacancy, before our current incumbent was appointed.  In the past I was also able to support the United Benefice of Ripley, Markington, Burnt Yates, Bishop Thornton and South Stainley during a vacancy.  I have some understanding of the opportunities and challenges (perhaps they are the same thing) that rural multi-church benefices bring.

I live in Sawley with Julia, my wife.  I have four beautiful daughters who have all left home and in the last eighteen months I have collected two grandsons and one grand-daughter with one more on the way.  I am a self-supporting minister and am also employed full-time working for Saint Michael’s Hospice.

I am really looking forward to meeting you all and sharing in God’s mission in this wonderful area.

Tony Collins

  • Christmas Cards

  • Cards featuring St Andrew's Church, Blubberhouses are available for 2017
    Open ' <li>Christmas Cards</li>'

  • Advent Study Group

  • Details of weekly Bible Study for Advent
    Open '<li>Advent Study Group</li>'

  • Carol Singing

  • Arrangements for Carol Singing round the Washburn Valley
    Open '<li>Carol Singing</li>'

  • Christmas Services

  • Christmas Services in the Washburn Valley
    Open '<li>Christmas Services</li>'

  • Get the News in your Inbox

  • How to have the latest news from Fewston and Blubberhouses sent to your inbox
    Open '<li>Get the News in your Inbox</li>'

  • Teddy Church

  • Teddy Church - every 2nd Friday in the Washburn Heritage Centre.
    Open '<li>Teddy Church</li>'