New church minister settling in

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A FORMER teacher who has taken over the role of minister at the United Reformed Church in Hucknall says he is focused on working with and for the community.

The Rev Clifford Winfield (64) has stepped into the shoes of the redoubtable Rev Tom Irvine, who retired in December 2010 after 41 years associated with the church on Farleys Grove. Mr Irvine (UKIP) is now one of Hucknall’s three councillors on Notts County Council.

The new minister says he is looking forward to developing the popular church, with the help of its dedicated supporters.

Mr Winfield said of his new post: “I’m enjoying the job. It’s very good. The congregation is very hard-working and active.

“I’d like for us to get more involved in the community and to have more events in the church during midweek. I’d like to set up daytime initiatives, such as parent and toddler activities.

“We are trying to make the church welcoming to everybody.”

Mr Winfield has been married to wife Jill (65) for 41 years. The couple have three children — Rebecca Hendley (37), Natalie Cochrane (35) and Russell (32).

The new minister, who was born and bred in Derby, previously taught history in secondary schools.

He has been part of the ministry since 1996 and was previously minister-in-charge of two churches in Leicester.

The post at Hucknall is combined with being the minister at the United Reformed Churches at Westwood and Selston.

OUR PHOTO shows Mr Winfield settling into his post at Hucknall’s United Reformed Church — DISPIC NHUD11-3415-2.