A GROUP of villages has a new priest after 20 months without one.
The Rev Dr Lynda Pugh has been installed as priest-in-charge of the Ringstone in Aveland group of parishes of Dunsby, Haconby, Kirkby Underwood, Morton and Rippingale.
Dr Pugh was licensed by the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev Dr Tim Ellis, during a ceremony on March 1 in the parish church of St John the Baptist, Morton.
Since then she has been busy getting to know her parishes.
Dr Pugh said: “I have now given a service at each one of the five churches, which I was really keen to do so I could meet everyone.
“The parishes have been very warm and welcoming. It has been delightful so far and it is a beautiful area.
“They have been 20 months without a priest and everyone pulled together to make sure everything carried on as normal.”
Dr Pugh was previously the assistant curate for the Glen group of parishes, which includes Surfleet, Pinchbeck and West Pinchbeck, and members of her previous congregation turned out for her licensing ceremony.
They were joined in a full church by Morton churchgoers and Dr Pugh’s husband, Peter, and other family members.
The new priest is now living in Morton and has vowed to make herself available to anyone in her parish.
She said: “Because we are the established church we are available for the whole parish.”