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The Revd Canon Moira Astin appointed new Archdeacon of Reigate

20 June 2016

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It has been announced that the Revd Canon Moira Astin, currently Vicar of Frodingham and New Brumby, is to serve as the next Archdeacon of Reigate in the Diocese of Southwark

Moira is set to take up her new role in the autumn, and speaking of her appointment she commented: "I am very much looking forward to moving to East Surrey, and getting to know the people and parishes of the Reigate Archdeaconry. It will be a bit like coming home, since I grew up in North Surrey. I look forward to supporting the clergy, churchwardens and laity as we seek to have our hearts on fire with God's presence, and find new ways of helping those who live in our communities to discover the peace and joy of knowing God.

While it is exciting to be moving to a new challenge, Tim and I will miss the people we have met and worked alongside in North Lincolnshire. I'm sure the people of East Surrey will hear plenty about the joys and challenges of Scunthorpe over the coming years."

Prior to moving to the Diocese of Lincoln in June 2011, Moira was the Vicar at St James, Southlake in Woodley near Reading and the Ecumenical Officer of Oxford in Berkshire, and she also served on General Synod. In addition to her current role in Scunthorpe, Moira is Area Dean for North Lincolnshire, she serves on Diocesan Synod and has previously served on Bishop's Council.

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “I’m delighted that Moira Astin’s considerable gifts will be put to their very best use in this significant role. Moira, and her husband Tim, have been faithful, dedicated and energetic priests during their time in the Diocese of Lincoln, and the post of Archdeacon is thoroughly deserved and appropriate at this point in Moira’s impressive ministry.

I’m also delighted that the Diocese of Lincoln is developing a national reputation as a source of excellent clergy for senior roles. 
I know the Diocese of Southwark well as I have served there myself, and I assure Moira, Tim and their family, and the parish of Frodingham and New Brumby, of my prayers and blessings as Moira prepares for her new post, and as the parish prepares for a vacancy.”