Sadly for us, but wonderfully for Mike and his family, he has been snapped up by the Diocese of Salisbury at his first interview.  He and Heidi would have loved to stay here for longer – he has been signed off by the Bishop to apply for other posts, but there is a deadline of June next year – but this post was advertised and looked so ideal for him that I encouraged him to apply for it.

The official notice from the Bishop of Sherborne reads:

We are pleased to announce that the Benefice Patronage Board, comprising Benefice representatives, the Archdeacon of Dorset, Bishop of Sherborne and Rural Dean have appointed the Revd Michael Trotman to be the next Rector of Parkstone St Peter and St Osmund with Branksea St Mary.  Michael is currently Training Curate in the Avon Valley Churches and brings much experience and gifts to the post, including a background in teaching and facilities management and an interest in developing fresh expressions and outreach. The appointment is subject to DBS. Michael feels very much called by God to this post and those involved in the appointment believe him to be the right fit, and are looking forward to welcoming him and his family sometime in the autumn. Bishop Karen and Archdeacon Antony wish to thank all those who were involved in the appointment process.

Mike’s last Service is likely to be sometime in September – we are still negotiating dates.

Mike and his family will be greatly missed here – they have done so much, and made such an impact during their two years here.  But we wish them every blessing for their future ministry and life.


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