A revamped Trinity Rooms and two roof appeals will keep the Reverend John Roles busy

Ilfracombe’s new vicar is looking forward to three major projects that will be a huge benefit to the church and community of the town.

The Reverend John Roles will be formally licensed as priest in charge of the parish on August 3, after serving as its curate since 2012.

There is plenty going on, with the once-dilapidated Trinity Rooms having its official reopening on Saturday, July 23, from 10am-4pm, following a major £250,000 refurbishment.

It is a new community space for the town and was made possible thanks to the sale of the old parish hall nearby and a generous legacy left by Denis Ransted and Betty Roberts.

Repairs to St Peter’s Church roof in Highfield Road are also under way and it is another big space the church hopes to make use of for community events.

Holy Trinity Church has just received £100,000 for restoration of its roof and Mr Roles is looking forward to the historic building continuing to be an asset to the town.

It is unusual for a curate to go on to become the person in charge of the same parish, but Mr Roles has had an unusual path – he taught English at Park School for 20 years before deciding on a career change.

He said: “As a parish, we hope to become more involved in the community – serving God by serving others would be a good way to put it.

“Completion of the three major projects is our first priority and it’s all about making the buildings fit for being used by the community and to build a community of faith, trust and love.”

Mr Roles is married to Sheila and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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