IT’S taken almost 350 years, but a woman has once again taken the helm in Temple Balsall.
Birmingham-born Kathy Lloyd Roberts is the latest in a long line to carry on the work of Lady Katherine Leveson – who set up a charitable foundation in the late 17th century.
Since then there have been 18 Masters of the Foundation – all of them men – but that’s all about to change.
This week, Rev Lloyd Roberts was instituted by the Rt. Rev David Urqhart – Bishop of Birmingham. The Rt. Rev Urqhart, said: “Kathy has already contributed much to the Lady Katherine Leveson Foundation and I am confident that her ministry will flourish in the years to come.”
As it happens, the mum-of-three is no stranger to Temple Balsall and has been the curate of St Mary’s Church since 2006.
In her new role, she will become vicar of St Mary’s and also get involved in Temple Balsall’s sheltered housing and Lady Katherine Leveson CofE Primary School.
“My previous career was both challenging and rewarding and I am finding the experience and skills I gained are a valuable resource to draw upon in my new post as vicar and master,” she said.
She follows on from Rev James Woodward, who left the foundation to take a new role at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
n Lady Katherine Leveson died in 1674 and left instructions to build an almshouse for poor women and a school for 20 boys.
n But a master of the foundation was needed – they would be the vicar of St Mary’s Church and teach the boys.
n To this day, Lady Katherine Housing and Care provides sheltered housing for men and women and more than 150 children are taught at the CofE school.