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The Big Announcement

The Bishop of Birmingham, in partnership with the Aston Patronage Trust and parish representatives, is delighted to announce that the Revd Philip Nott (pictured) has been appointed as the next vicar of the parish of Aston and Nechells. Philip is currently Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity with St Gabriel, St Lawrence and St Jude, Easton known as Easton Christian Family Centre in inner-city Bristol, and will take up the position in Birmingham later this year.

Ordained in 1998, Philip has considerable experience of urban ministry and is also involved in leading Bristol and District Evangelical Alliance. He is 47 and married to Ruth, who works as a finance manager for a charity working with homeless people in Bristol. They have two children, Hannah (17) and Beth (15), and a rescue dog Tilly.

His major passion, outside of Jesus and his family, is football: a keen supporter of Brentford FC. As a Championship side, they will be visiting Villa Park in the 2016/17 season! Philip and Ruth say, ‘We will be sad to leave many friends in Bristol but are much looking forward to discovering what God is doing in Aston and Nechells and joining in.’

The installation service has been set to take place on Wednesday 21 September at 7.30pm.

As arrangements for moving are made and the start date approaches please be in prayer for both parishes, and especially for Philip, Ruth and their wider family.

Andy the new Archdeacon of Bradford

After 13 very happy years in the Parish of Aston & Nechells, and many more in Birmingham, Andy & Ricky Jolley haved now moved on.

Andy has accepted an invitation from the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, to be the new Archdeacon of Bradford in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Andy now has a wide range of responsibilities overseeing and supporting the churches of the Bradford Episcopal Area and working with the Area Bishop of Bradford, the Rt. Revd Toby Howarth (who is also a former vicar from Birmingham).

The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt. Revd David Urquhart, said, “I am delighted at the news of Andy’s appointment. West Yorkshire and the Dales is very fortunate to be getting a priest of such calibre and depth to serve on their senior team. Andy’s heart for mission, strategic thinking and spirit-filled energy will be much missed here in Birmingham. We send Andy and his family our best wishes and prayers as they prepare for this exciting move.”

Andy has now started his new role and Ricky is looking for a new GP practice in the Bradford area. Matt has headed off to America as part of his gap year plans. A leaving event for them was held earlier this.

Andy & Ricky say: “It has been a huge privilege to be part of the parish of Aston and Nechells for the past 13 years, and it will be a wrench to leave Birmingham where we’ve made some great friends and have enjoyed working with and among some wonderful people. Please pray for us as we settle in a new part of the country we don’t yet know that well.”