West Sussex vicar gets top honour in cathedral

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A FEMALE vicar is to be made a canon at a special service to be held at Chichester Cathedral.

Reverend Moira Wickens, who has been in charge of the Fishbourne and Apuldram parish for just under a year, received a letter inviting her to take up the stall of Bracklesham, West Sussex, at a ceremony to be held on February 11.

She has been given the post to recognise the work she has done with her vocational role within the diocese.

Rev Wickens said: ‘I have to say I’m not sure I deserve it, there are lots of people who do lots of work. I thought it was a joke when I got the letter, it was such a surprise.’

During the last year Rev Wickens has built on the work done by her predecessor, Rev Clive Ashley, and she has led the popular Beer and Carols event at The Bulls Head pub in Fishbourne.

She said: ‘It is very different, there is a real sense of community in Fishbourne.

‘I love it here. I love the people in the church, they are so talented and gifted and good and it is a real joy being here.’