New curates for Rugby

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TWO new curates for Rugby were appointed this week by the bishops of Coventry and Warwickshire.

George Heighton will serve in the parish of St Mark, Bilton, while Sheila Bridge will serve in the parish of St Matthew and St Oswald. The new deacons will continue their training as they serve in their parishes.

George and his wife Drina have lived in Bilton since moving there from Sunderland in 1976 and have two grown-up children. George was confirmed in 1979 and licensed as a reader (a lay minister) in 1987 by the Bishop of Sodor and Man. He trained at The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, while continuing his career in the software industry.

Sheila and her husband David also have two grown-up children. She trained for ordination at St John’s College, Nottingham.

After training as an English teacher at Warwick University, Sheila became a year head in a large secondary school. She has served as a chaplain at Onley prison. Since 1993, Sheila has written several books on family life and parenting, the most recent being How to Feel Good Naked, which is about body image and self-confidence. She is a keen cyclist and has recently completed her first triathlon.

The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth, said: “God calls people out of so many different experiences and ways of life – each year I’m amazed and inspired by the variety of talents and gifts amongst the women and men being ordained. I pray that they will keep the sense of excitement in discovering God’s plan for them, and go on to make a real difference in the places and communities they serve.”