Swaffham vicar announces farewell to town

Swaffham vicar Rev Tim Lawes will be head chef at the Market Cross Restaurant in Swaffham Market Place for a fundraising evening. ENGANL00120130523112742
Swaffham vicar Rev Tim Lawes will be head chef at the Market Cross Restaurant in Swaffham Market Place for a fundraising evening. ENGANL00120130523112742

The vicar of Swaffham’s parish church has announced he will be standing down from the role this summer.

The Rev Tim Lawes will deliver his final service on Sunday, May 22, after serving the parish of Swaffham and Sporle for more than four years.

On his impending departure, the Rev Lawes said: “I’ve had a fantastic four years here and it has been a pleasure to serve the people of Swaffham and Sporle.

“It has been so nice meeting and dealing with people from so many walks of life. They have been a pleasure to deal with.”

After being ordained at Norwich Cathedral in 1988, the Rev Lawes was curate at Wymondham Abbey before becoming rector of the Kings Beck group near Aylsham.

He then spent 16 years in the Church of North Sweden before returning to Norfolk in February 2012 to take up his post at Swaffham and Sporle.

Reflecting on his 28 years of service, the vicar described the Swaffham post as the best of his life.

“I would say it has been the best job of my life,” said the Reverend Lawes.

“The town and village are vibrant. The people want the gospel proclaimed and want the church alive.

“It makes everything so much easier when they are like that.”

The departing vicar had a message in Swedish for all of the people he has served in Swaffham and Sporle.

It said: “Ingen nämnd men ingen glömd,” which in English translates to: “No one named, but no one forgotten.”

There has been no announcement on the Rev Lawes’ replacement.