Reverend Ian Snares with work with both Holly Trinity and Pip and Jim’s parishes

THE arrival of a new curate is an occasion to celebrate but the congregations of Ilfracombe are delighted not only to be welcoming a new priest to town, but also the first ever to serve both churches at the same time.

Reverend Ian Snares was ordained just over a week ago and has arrived with his family to take up the role of curate to the Ilfracombe Mission Community.

Ian, aged 42, will be serving the parishes of both Holy Trinity and St Philip and St James.

He and his wife Jo are no strangers to North Devon, having been involved with a youth holiday scheme at West Buckland School for several years and they are looking forward to starting new lives in the town with their children Jonathan, aged three and Annabel, 16 months.

“It’s lovely to move to an area that we know and which is also such a beautiful part of the world,” said Ian, who is from Bromley in South East London and trained to become a priest at Wridley Hall Anglican College in Cambridge.

“I am excited about serving churches in Ilfracombe, working together and hopefully having a greater impact for good in the community.

“At the moment it is a mixture of excitement and I suppose also a bit daunting, as it’s all new to me.”

Canon Michael Rogers of St Philip and St James — Pip and Jim’s — Church, said: “I am delighted to have Ian on the team with us and to welcome his family, as is Father Robert Harris at Holy Trinity.

“I am looking forward to developing a working relationship with him and to all that we are going to do together.”

Father Robert added: “We’re so pleased to have someone who is working across the mission community as it’s a sign of the way in which our churches are continuing to grow and work together.”