After a ten year stint, which has seen him deliver a brand new church for the town, Father Simon Blakesley is moving on to pastures new from Diss.
Fr Blakesley’s most visible legacy is the brand new St Henry Morse Church in Shelfanger Road, opening last year following a long struggle to find a suitable site and gain planning permission. But he leaves officially on Sunday, so has not had long to enjoy the fruits of his labour.
Fr Blakesley, who is moving to serve the parish of Newmarket, said: “The building of the new church has been my primary focus of my time. But bricks and mortar are the visible aspect of my time. It is the people and relationships that are most important.
“I will miss the friends I have made through the local community.”
He also thanked Diss town and district councillor Tony Palmer for his support and understanding of the need to relocate the church from its old Stanley Road location.
Next Wednesday, Father Martin Fears officially takes over, arriving from the Brandon and Mildenhall parish.
He was ordained as a priest in 2000 as is first looking forward to exploring his parish and meeting the community.
He said: “I think Diss is a fabulous market town and has so much going on in it. It is a lively and friendly place and it has a very positive environment.”