New team rector looking forward to challenge ahead

A NEW team rector has taken charge of Daventry's Anglican community after being installed at a packed Holy Cross Church on Monday night.

The Rev Canon Michael Webber was formally installed as the new priest in charge of the church and as team rector for the Daventry team ministry, which covers the town and nearby villages.

Between 300 and 400 people filled Holy Cross for the ceremony, which saw representatives of the local community present Cannon Webber with various symbolic items to remind him of his duty, including a Bible and salt, before he was welcomed by them.

Canon Webber was born in Kent and went to Manchester University before training for the ministry at Oxford University.

After spending time training he became vicar of a parish in south London where he helped set up a team ministry, similar to the one Daventry already has.

He then moved to Earls Barton where he was in charge of the parish for 21 years and then was the area dean there for seven years.

Canon Webber said: “I’m very pleased to be working with the two team vicars – Liz Cowley and Claire Rose-Casemore – and there’s a third vacancy that we’re hoping to fill by the end of the year.

“The team here have been working very hard.

“It’s also good to see that Daventry has a number of other churches that are active and healthy.

“When I was in Earls Barton I helped to form a Churches Together organisation and I’m very glad to be part of a similar group here in Daventry.”

He went on to say: “It’s both exciting and challenging to come to Daventry when it is about to expand.

“When I was the area rector of Wellingborough, which is also an expansion area, I used to have meetings with the civic authorities to look at the community development and look at how plans can be made so that people aren’t just dumped into housing with no community facilities.

“I’m very much a new boy here, but I would like to be part of the discussions along with other people and church leaders.”