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Teme Valley South's new vicar is getting ready to light the blue touchpaper with a bonfire-lighting ceremony.

Reverend Pat Harvey has been providing pastoral care in the villages and praised the 'wonderful, warm hearted' people of Teme Valley, as she hands over to new vicar, the Reverend Robert Barlow.

He will mark his official arrival on November 7 by bringing back the traditional parish bonfire at Stoke Bliss.

Peter Thorneycroft (left) Jessica Middleton, William Ward, Celia Adams, Carol Ward and Reverend Robert Barlow


Mr Barlow will light the fire at 4pm following the church service to welcome him to the parish at 3pm.

Eastham Church warden Celia Adams, a member of the Parochial Church Council, said: “We want to thank Pat for looking after us until we had a full- time vicar. We are giving Robert a warm welcome, and all ages will be able to celebrate with him at the revived parish bonfire.

"We're having beefburgers and fireworks in what will be a super afternoon."

Tributes were paid last week to Reverend Pat Harvey as she stepped down, having been a steady hand, responsible for the parish during a time of much change.

Tributes to Rev Pat Harvey

Pat said: "I've had a lovely time in Teme Valley South, it's been a very positive experience. They are wonderful, warm-hearted people who have made me very welcome, and gave me a great send-off. It's the right time for a permanent person to come.

"My seventh grandchild is due in Leominster, so I'm going to be catching up with my grandchildren."