New Dersingham vicar vows to get on his bike for community

New rector appointed at St Nicholas Church, Dersingham, with church members from Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne.
The Reverend Mark Capron (centre) who was installed as Rector of Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne ANL-161204-080840009
New rector appointed at St Nicholas Church, Dersingham, with church members from Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne. The Reverend Mark Capron (centre) who was installed as Rector of Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne ANL-161204-080840009

The new vicar of Dersingham says he won’t be frightened to get on his bike in an effort to branch out to the local community.

Rev Mike Capron, who will serve the parish of Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne was installed as the new vicar on Monday.

Rev Capron, who is a keen cyclist, said: “I’m no Bradley Wiggins but, for me in my ministry, I like to get out on my bike.

“If I cycle and people see me, it’s easier to stop to talk to them.

“It’s good exercise but I also like to get out and about in the community.”

After being ordained in the summer of 2012, Rev Capron served his curate in the Pakefield and Carlton Colville parish.

He has moved to Norfolk with his wife Helen and children Joel, seven, and Nathan, four.

He said: “I like Norfolk very much. Some of my family are from the county and my wife is a Norfolk girl too.”

He has never shirked a challenge, abseiling down the Pakefield Church tower in the summer of 2013, and plays cricket for the Norwich Diocese team.

“I want to enourage the children’s ministry and get involved with the schools and families too.

“My aim is to support people in the good times and also the bad times too by offering them love and support.

“I’m very excited about my new role and meeting the community, but it is not just about me, it’s about the whole church family. I want people to feel welcome.”