Sodbury churches to welcome new rector in the summer

May 03 2016

A NEW rector has been appointed for the Sodbury Vale benefice, with the Rev Canon David Bowers set to be licensed in July.

A NEW rector has been appointed for the Sodbury Vale benefice, with the Rev Canon David Bowers set to be licensed in July.
Canon Bowers will take responsibility for St John’s Church in  Chipping Sodbury, as well as the churches in Horton, Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury.
He said: “I am very pleased to have been offered, subject to due process, and to have accepted the post of rector.
“We are looking forward to being part of your communities and to getting to know all of you as we settle into our new home in Chipping Sodbury.”
Canon Bowers and his wife, Judith, a nurse, are both from Salford and have two grown-up children.
Canon Bowers was a civil servant before ordination, going on to work in parishes in Manchester, Bolton and Rochdale before moving in 1998 to the Gloucester diocese.
He said he and his wife had a special interest in Indian culture and food as they had visited the country several times.
Canon Bowers also enjoys watching sport, especially rugby and football, and is a lifelong Manchester United supporter, as well as more recent follower of Gloucester rugby.
He is due to be licensed by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Rev Rachel Treweek, on July 13.