NEW vicar Terry Mason will swiftly swap vestments for cricket whites as he becomes priest in charge of the local churches in Arden.
Revd Mason discovered he is due to play in the annual three parishes cricket match on June 26 - just a week after being licensed by the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth.
In between getting to grips with his clerical responsibilities at Claverdon, Preston Bagot and Wootton Wawen, the Reverend has received tips on playing a straight bat from local players.
After the stresses of moving from Broadway into his and wife Norma’s vicarage home, the couple will be pitched into a welcome weekend marking their arrival, as they visit each village and meet as many people as possible.
The vicar hopes to squeeze in some cricket on Sunday before rounding off the weekend with songs of praise at 6.30pm in St Peter’s, Wootton Wawen.
Terry, age 54, said: “I’ve not played cricket for years. The game could be the most challenging of all the events surrounding my arrival.
“I pray I’ll not be out stumped for a duck.”
On the weekend of June 25/26, the churches are exhibiting editions of the 400-year-old King James bible, including one dating to the 17th century on show at All Saints, Preston Bagot, alongside a community history timeline back to 1274.
An open day at Claverdon’s St Michael’s on June 25 includes fingerprinting visitors because the village was home to Sir Francis Galton, inventor of the technique in the 19th century, and the centenary of whose death falls this year.
There will also be theatre performance focusing on King James and children’s attractions including teddy bears abseilling from the 100-ft church tower.