A very popular vicar is preparing to take his last service in the Pocklington area before stepping down from his role.
Rev Geoff Hollingsworth, the vicar of the Pocklington Group of Churches since 2009, is set to retire later this month.
His last service will be held on Sunday 18 March at 10.45am at All Saints Church Pocklington – the day before his 65th birthday.
Rev Hollingsworth said: “I have really enjoyed my ministry in the nine churches which make up the Pocklington Group and I leave with many happy memories.
“During this time we have built up strong ministry teams which are providing care and outreach from the church into the wider communities.
“My wife Marilyn and I are now looking forward to retirement and moving back to near Selby, the area where we spent 23 years before coming to Pocklington and where our family and grandchildren live.
“We are planning to travel with our caravan and enjoy doing all the things we’ve not had time for.
“At the end of the year I shall return to my ministry as a retired vicar and have already been invited to help out in the parishes where I worked before.”
Rev Hollingsworth was ordained deacon in 1986 and priest in 1987 in Sheffield Cathedral.
He worked in Thorne, Doncaster, between 1986 to 1989 as a curate.
He became the Vicar of Rawcliffe in 1989, a post which he retained for 20 years until 2009.
In 1996 he acquired two more parishes, and a hospital chaplain post, and retained these alongside Rawcliffe until coming to Pocklington in 2009.
Before ordination into the Church of England, Rev Hollingsworth had a career in the Civil Service and local government for 15 years in personnel management working in various local authorities in different parts of Yorkshire.
Rev Hollingsworth added: “I feel very fortunate to have had two careers and for having been able to work full time for 47 years from age 18 to 65.
“It has been a really rewarding time.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone in the Pocklington area for the past eight years for all the support we have received.”