From the Vicarage

From the Vicarage by David Birchall Churchwarden

Dear Friends

As of the end of July Rev. Dr James Bruce steps down from his post and we at St Anne's find ourselves once again in Interregnum. 
An Interregnum is a time when a parish has no priest in charge or vicar serving the community.  All too often interregnums tend to take some time to fill the posts available as fewer members of the clergy want to come up north to Cumbria and of course fewer entrants into the priesthood reduces the likelihood of filling a post quickly.

Having said that, we are informed by the Archdeacon Ven. Vernon Ross, that he hopes to have a full time clergy person in post for the parishes of Haverthwaite, Staveley, Finsthwaite, Field Broughton and Grange over Sands, which will form a new Benefice within the next eleven months or so.   The paperwork is currently with the Church Commissioners and Privy Council.

There are a few hurdles to jump over before the post is filled, but I expect we could have an interim vicar covering those churches some time in September or October.  We shall see.

We'll miss Jim Bruce, he was an excellent vicar and I for one only wish he could have stayed, but he was ready to leave was unhappy with the current situation in the Cartmel Peninsular Team still unresolved.  We all wish him well, and send our love to him and his family.  They will always be welcome at St Anne's.

In the mean time it falls to the Churchwardens and retired or spare clergy to fill our Sunday Service slots.   All our services on Sundays are at 11 am.  You can find out more here

This coming Sunday 11 July we have a local resident and Lay Reader Dr Tony Jefferis leading the service with David, Michael Carroll and Julia Carroll providing the live music and Simon Hobson on sound filling in with some sound tracks.

On the church services page we also display the upcoming service music list.

Naturally, we at the church are waiting to see what the Government decides to do around numbers in church and whether we can once again sing hymns etc.   Lifting restrictions will also mean we can resume with our after church sessions in the hall with ground coffee and biscuits for a good natter and catch up with all our friends. 

Until then May I wish all of you, whether you come to church or not, a fantastic weekend, free from Covid and of course the best of all wishes to our football team on Sunday as they play in the final against Italy.  Let's hope it's a great game and of course England win.

In the coming weeks I will have information on how we want to change things in and around the church building to make it more of a asset to the community.  

See you soon...

God Bless Us, as we trust in Christ to transform us, our churches and our communities.


St Anne's Haverthwaite Where we began

Consecrated in 1825 by the Bishop of Chester

The church was built between 1923 and 1825 and funded by Public Subscriptions. It was originally a Chapel of Ease under Colton Parish, and without a legally defined district to which it could be associated to serve. Later it became a parish in it's own right.

The Haverthwaite Registers begin as follows: -