New priest Hazel looks forward to adventure at Annesley

Former palliative care nurse, the Reverend Hazel Robinson was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Parishes of Annesley with Newstead and Kirkby Woodhouse by the Bishop of Sherwood the Right Reverend Tony Porter  on Friday 19th July 2019 in All Saints’ Church, Annesley, followed by her Installation by the Archdeacon of Newark, the Venerable David Picken.

She said: “I feel so blessed to have received such a warm welcome into the parishes of Annesley with Newstead and Kirkby Woodhouse. Everyone has been working so hard to make me feel at home.  I will spend the summer getting to know people and familiarising myself with the communities.  It seems to me that God is busily at work in lots of ways here and together with his people I am looking forward to the adventure he will take us on.”

Hazel is married to John and they have two adult children and three grandchildren.

“John and I were both brought up in small mining villages in the Barnsley coalfield. In my ‘previous life’ I trained as a nurse at Sheffield Children’s hospital but I was also qualified to look after adults as well.  After our children were born I worked part-time and began to take an interest in how people were cared for in the terminal stages of life.  This led me into palliative care work with Marie Curie Cancer Care.  I did this for seven years until God had other ideas and I felt called to explore ordination.  I trained at St John’s College, Nottingham and served my curacy at St Peter’s church, Toton.  I moved from there into the United Benefice of Blidworth and Rainworth where I have been vicar for the past ten years.”

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   Brian Pickering