INSTALLATION OF THE REVD ANDREW ROWLAND AS RECTOR OF WIMBORNE MINSTER AND THE NORTHERN VILLAGES
The Institution, Induction and Installation of the Revd. Andrew Rowland as the new Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages took place in Wimborne Minster on Wednesday evening (5th September) in front of a congregation of over 400 which included the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Mr. Angus Campbell and Mrs. Campbell, the Chair of East Dorset District Council Cllr Mrs Toni Coombs, the Deputy Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Shane Bartlett and the Vice Chairman of Dorset County Council, Cllr David Shortell and Mrs Shortell.
A group of 70 Parishioners from Andrew's former Parish of West Moors, where he had been Vicar since 2005 attended along with people from Verwood where he had served his Curacy back in 2001. Members of Andrew's family from as far afield as Bedfordshire and Kent attended along with a number of close friends. Andrew is also Rural Dean of Wimborne, so Clergy from across the Wimborne Deanery, and the Salisbury Diocese also attended. The Benefice Associate Priests and Representatives from the other Church Denominations in Wimborne were also present.
The opening welcome was given by the Revd. Canon Chris Tebbutt, Assistant Rural Dean of Wimborne as one of his last duties before stepping down later in September (he remains Rector of Canford Magna).The Service was conducted by the Bishop of Sherborne, the Right Revd Karen Gorham and the Archdeacon of Dorset, The Venerable Antony MacRow-Wood.
The Benefice Choir, the Minster Alternative Choir and the Gentleman of the Minster Choir led the singing. The organist was Sam Hanson. The Benefice includes in addition to the Wimborne Minster Parish, the four Parishes of Holt, Hinton Martell, Horton and Charlbury and Witchampton.
Andrew and his wife Zahra, who have three adult children and four grandchildren, are delighted to have moved to Wimborne Minster and are looking forward to being involved in Church and Civic Life throughout the Benefice. He will conduct his first service in the Minster on Sunday 9th September, which is also the Minsters Patronal Festival. This year the Service marks the 1300th anniversary of the death of our Patron Saint, St Cuthburga.
Following the Installation Service light refreshment was served in the Minster by the catering team led by Sheila Soper.