RETIREMENT OF FATHER TONY WINDROSS – PRIEST IN CHARGE OF THE PARISH OF PEVENSEY
March 2018 – July 2021
On Sunday 4th July the parishioners of Pevensey said a fond farewell to Father Tony Windross on the occasion of his retirement after three years as Priest in Charge of the parish. Both congregations (St Wilfrid and St Nicolas) gathered at St Nicolas as Fr. Tony celebrated the Eucharist for the last time. It was a moving occasion and we all wish Fr. Tony and Pat a long and happy retirement.
Father Tony took up his ministry to our parish on March 13th 2018, when he was licenced to the parish by our diocesan Bishop, Martin.
Below is Father Tony’s original letter of introduction to the parishioners of Pevensey.
Iwas born in Margate, but grew up in Eastbourne. After leaving school I read economics and geography at Cambridge – and whilst there met and married Pat. We moved to Birmingham to study the post-graduate certificate of education – and I then taught in Eastbourne for 24 years, during which time our family steadily grew, with the arrival of four sons: Peter, David, Andrew and Paul. I was fortunate to have Nicholas Reade as my ordination training incumbent, and Tony Christian as my local tutor.I was ordained in 1993, and was based at St Mary’s Eastbourne as a non-stipendiary minister, before moving in 1997 to East Grinstead as a full-time curate. After two years, we moved to Sheringham in North Norfolk, where I was the vicar for nine years, before going in 2008 to Hythe in Kent, where I was vicar for six years. Wanting a fresh challenge, we then experienced rural ministry in Cornwall, where I’ve had responsibility for 8 churches over the last three years, combining this with being rural dean. Pat and I are very excited about this new adventure. We love the area, and look forward to getting to know the parish and people of Pevensey.