THE Archdeacon of Oakham and east Northamptonshire is to retire this weekend.
The Ven David Painter, 67, moved to the diocese in 2000 and is a well-known figure in the churches of the area.
His responsibilities have included assisting parishes in the Oakham archdeaconry, which covers the county and Oundle regarding practical matters, and sharing with the bishop in the pastoral oversight of the clergy and people in the diocese. He is also residentiary canon of Peterborough Cathedral
He says that among his fondest memories of the area over the last 11 years are the restoration of the monuments in Exton Church and the renovation of the interior of Whissendine Church.
He said: “I have so enjoyed taking part in the civic life in particular the services in the towns where I have got to know such lovely people.”
Before moving to the area the archdeacon was educated in Oxford and London and spent the majority of his life working at various parishes in the capital. When he moved to the Peterborough diocese he was able to expand on one of his hobbies, walking in the countryside.
He said: “I remember taking part in a dawn service in Egleton followed by a walk in glorious sunshine when I could hear nothing but bird song. I have also enjoyed my annual trip to Tolethorpe Hall to see the Stamford Shakespeare Company and will continue to go each year.”
After retirement he will move to Towcester.
He said: “I will miss Rutland. The Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Society is a wonderful group of people and I enjoyed working with them.
“It will be nice to live back nearer Oxford.”
David will lead services in Peterborough Cathedral tomorrow and Sunday.