THE Vicar of Temple Balsall is to leave St Mary’s Church and become Canon at St George’s Chapel, Windsor
The Rev Dr James Woodward, who has been in his present position since 1998, will be leaving Temple Balsall at Easter. His new appointment has been confirmed by the Queen and this week was formally announced by Downing Street.
Mr Woodward said: “The letter inviting me to be considered along with others for this post came as a surprise. Following formal and informal meetings I have seen the immense value of the work of St George’s. As a canon I will participate in the rich spiritual life of the chapel and castle community.”
St George’s has exceptional close links with the Royal Family and is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter.
Although he is looking forward to his new role, Mr Woodward said that he would be sad to leave his old job. While at Temple Balsall, he has overseen the Lady Katherine Leveson Foundation - which encompasses the local primary school and housing for elderly people.
“Temple Balsall has been an enormous part of my life since my arrival in September 1998.
“I have had the privilege of leading this community and enabling change and growth in all aspects of its life. This place has also been my home; a community of friends that I care very deeply about.”
The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev David Urquhart, said: “James has made an immense contribution not only to the diocese but to the wider church by being such a passionate advocate for older people.”