Barking vicar leaving after a decade

PUBLISHED: 10:26 06 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:21 06 September 2012

Rev Gordon Barley is leaving St Patrick's Church in Barking after 10 years

Rev Gordon Barley is leaving St Patrick's Church in Barking after 10 years


A vicar born and bred in Barking and Dagenham is bidding a fond farewell to his church as he prepares to make the move to Yorkshire.

Rev Gordon Barley will be leaving St Patrick’s Church in Blake Avenue, Barking on September 23 after serving his parish for ten years.

The 53-year-old said his time at the church had been a “wonderful rich experience”.

One of the highlights, Rev Barley explained, was running a youth and community mosaic project last year.

“Over 250 local people participated in creating a fantastic large mosaic in the church garden depicting Barking’s rich history,” he told the Post.

“Another joy and challenge was starting up our open youth club in 2005 with local youngsters that hung around the church. We have seen many young people grow up and go on to do positive things with their lives.”

Rev Barley said it was with a “heavy heart” that he and his wife Sue move to Halifax.

“I grew in the borough and went to Eastbrook Comprehensive, so I am a local boy which makes leaving that much harder.

“That said, we feel it is right to move on. Sue’s mum lives in North Yorkshire and we wanted to be nearer her, but we will return regularly to visit friends and family.”

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