Spixworth rector Andrew Beane has announced he will be moving onto pastures new

A Spixworth rector has announced he will be leaving the area later this year to take up a new post.

Rev Andrew Beane, who has been Rector of Spixworth, Crostwick and St Faith's since November 2005, said he will be moving to Aylsham and will be responsible for the running of the parish church from May.

The married father of one said: 'I announced in my churches on Sunday that the Bishop of Lynn had offered me the post of Priest-in-Charge of St Michael's and All Angels Parish Church Aylsham.

'We will not be moving until the end of April and my Induction service is not until May 10.

'So currently I am still very much the Rector of St Faith's, Spixworth and Crostwick, and we have lots of events over the next few months, including our Snowdrop Walk, Pancake Lunches, Mothering Sunday, Community Garage Sale and, of course, celebrating Easter.

'Before I leave we will have a special service to mark the end of my ministry here and to celebrate all the wonderful things that we have been involved in.'

Rev Beane, who was born in Grimston and grew up in King's Lynn, has been a popular character in Spixworth, Crostwick and St Faith's since his arrival in the area seven years ago and has made great efforts to make the church more accessible to the wider community.

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In 2007, Rev Beane hit the headlines when he dyed his hair after challenging his congregation to go Green for God.

It was part of the Creation Celebration Weekend held at St Peter's Church, Buxton Road, Spixworth, which encouraged people to do their bit for the environment and celebrate the beauty of creation.

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