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Priest to leave parish after row allegations

A HAMPTON-in-Arden priest announced that he was leaving his post last weekend.

A HAMPTON-in-Arden priest announced that he was leaving his post last weekend.

The Rev Keith Claringbull made the announcement at the morning service on Sunday at Hampton-in-Arden Parish Church, where he is priest-in-charge.

He said he had made the decision “after much thought” and discussions with the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev David Urquhart.

His resignation comes after an alleged falling out with parishioners over church affairs.

“I had believed that, within the fellowship of the church, with co-operation, support and goodwill, we should have been able to work together,” said his statement.

“Sadly that’s not proved possible and I no longer feel able to minister here as your priest.”

Jessica Foster, spokeswoman for the Diocese of Birmingham, referred the Solihull News to the reverend’s statement.

The Rev Claringbull has been parish priest since for five years. He previously made headlines when he lowered the St George flag to half-mast, after England were knocked out of the 2004 European football championships.

More recently he was involved in the Imams vs Vicars cricket match, played in Hampton in the summer.

Rev Claringbull, aged 60, will take his last service at St Mary and St Bartholomew on January 17.

 

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