New Vicar Neston 2013

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undefinedThe new Vicar of Neston is to be the Revd Alan Dawson (pictured), who grew up in Little Neston and Ness. Alan, aged 45, was a bank manager for 20 years before training to be an Anglian priest in 2007. He is a big sports fan who enjoys playing tennis. Married to Karen, aged 48, the couple have two children.

Alan was a curate at Hale, south Manchester, before returning to his native Wirral this month (February) to become vicar of the large parish which has churches in Neston, Little Neston and Parkgate in South Wirral.

He will be officially installed as vicar in Neston parish church (St Mary and St Helen) on Wednesday 27 February, starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. The Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, will lead the service.

Alan’s new role will be a ‘coming home’ experience. He was confirmed as a Christian in Neston in the 1980s and was a member of the Neston Youth and Social Group. 

He said: “I’m delighted to come back to this part of the world. I find the parish in good health, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and continuing our journey of faith.”

Alan paid tribute to the previous Vicar, the Revd Neill Robb, who has retired after 14 years in the parish, and moved with his wife Marlene to a new home near Chester. Alan said: “It’s clear that Neill was highly respected in our local community – very well thought of indeed by church members and by the wider community. We all wish him the very best.”