Waterlooville parishioners plan a fond farewell for vicar

ON THE MOVE The Reverend Timon Singh. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121225-1)
ON THE MOVE The Reverend Timon Singh. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121225-1)
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THERE has never been a dull moment with Vicar Timon Singh around.

But the time has come for the popular assistant curate at St George’s Church, Waterlooville, to move to pastures new as he has finished his training and will become ‘the boss’ of his own church, in London.

Although he won’t be escaping his current congregation easily – 60 of them will be travelling up by coach to support him at the licence ceremony on September 25 when he officially becomes the Priest in Charge at St Dunstan’s in Lewisham.

The 52-year-old father-of-three arrived at St George’s to help out Father Mike Sheffield four years ago and quickly became a big part of the community, delighting the congregation with songs and poems about local and national events.

He featured in The News recently when he composed a song to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He will lead his last service at St George’s on Sunday before making his way to St Dunstan’s.

Mr Singh said: ‘I will absolutely miss St George’s, Waterlooville and especially its people – there is no doubt about that.

‘They have been very generous. The congregation has been exceptional, so welcoming and loving.

‘But I’m looking forward to the move. I’m very excited about it.

‘Obviously there will be good times ahead, as well as challenges.

‘I will be the Priest in Charge, I will be the boss.’

The pews are expected to be packed for the Sunday service which begins at 10am.

Mr Singh will also reveal how much he has raised for ABF, The Soldiers Charity, his chosen charity for this year. 
 Father Mike Sheffield, from St George’s and St John’s in Purbrook, said: ‘Timon has been at St George’s for four years now and has done a wonderful job here. But, having trained him, it’s now excellent to see him moving on to his own parish where he will have full responsibility.’

Mr Singh started his training seven years ago and was previously a chef.

He will be joined in London by his wife Noreen and three children.