In her August Letter, Rev. Karen breaks the news that she is to leave the Joint Benefice of South Mimms and Ridge at the end of October 2018. Both communities and churches will miss her very much. We will have chances to say farewell before she goes, which are still in the planning stage.

Archdeacon of Hertford, Janet Mackenzie, is meeting with representatives of both parishes, to explain the process for appointing a replacement for Karen. At this stage it is planned that a new Vicar will be chosen to work in the same pattern (half-time, house for duty) without any other changes to the Benefice. This should simplify the appointment process. However we can expect a Vacancy of at least 6 months and possibly more before a new Vicar takes up post.