New curate is welcomed to his Petersfield church

WELCOME The new curate of St Peter's Church Tom James with the vicar Will Hughes
WELCOME The new curate of St Peter's Church Tom James with the vicar Will Hughes
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PARISHIONERS have welcomed a young curate to their church.

St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, welcomed the Reverend Thomas James, 26, who was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Portsmouth in Portsmouth Cathedral last month.

Mr James, who replaces the former curate the Reverend Dominic Clarke who is now the Vicar of Blackmoor, recently completed his training at Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge and before that was at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read politics.

He was born in Camberley and grew up in Guildford where he attended Lanesborough School.

When he was 11, his family moved to Cambridge where his mother and stepfather both taught maths in schools.

After taking his degree Mr James worked for a year as a pastoral assistant at St Alban’s Cathedral before moving to Westcott House. During his final year, he spent a semester at Yale University on an exchange scheme and also spent time in Hong Kong and Manchester.

He will spend the next four years at St Peter’s and will become a familiar figure around the town and in local schools.

He said, ‘I am very excited about moving to Petersfield and look forward to being part of the community.’