New Anglican Vicar for Bingara

June 2, 2008

The Rev. Brian Darbyshire, currently the Rector of Douglas on the Isle of Man, has accepted the invitation from the Bishop of Armidale to become the next Vicar of Bingara Anglican Parish.

Brian and his wife Jennifer plan to move to Australia late in August and take up the appointment from September 1, 2008.

"Trained by the Church Army, Brian worked with the Church Army in a variety of positions around England between 1968 and 1981," Bishop Peter Brain said.

"He attended Oak Hill Theological College, 1981-83, and following Ordination he and Jenny served four parishes.

"They have two adult children: Paul, a teacher working in London and Claire, recently married and living in Brisbane."

Brian enjoys playing golf, swimming and attending the gym. He played Rugby League in his younger days and remains an avid spectator.

Brian is looking forward to living in Bingara, getting to know the people of the parish and serving the congregations and community.

During May, Bishop Peter Brain has been spending some days in the Parish and has thoroughly enjoyed teaching school scripture, leading the Parish Bible Study and visiting Touriandi. Several clergy from within the Diocese have visited, on Sundays, to take regular services in the Parish.

The Rev. John and Mrs. Fay Foran arrive in Bingara this Thursday to take up a full-time locum ministry until the Darbyshire’s arrival. John, recently retired from a Perth Parish, is a native of Sydney, a former primary school teacher and keen cricketer.

John and Fay’s adult children took great delight in presenting John with his distinctive, though embarrassing, number plate, REV JOHN.

He says that it has been a great conversation starter as they caravanned across Australia.

"Do stop John and Fay to say ‘hello’, the Bishop said.