Parishwelcome for new vicar

PARISHIONERS will welcome the new Team Vicar for Pilgrims Way, the Rev Paul Kite, at a service at St Mary’s Church, Boxley on September 25. The ceremony will be performed

by the Bishop of Dover, the Right Rev Trevor Wilmott, and will be followed by a reception in a mar- quee next to the church. A former tax inspector, Rev Kite,

served as a curate on the Isle of Sheppey before taking up his new role. He will be Vicar of Boxley, Detling, Grove Green, Holling- bourne, Hucking and Thurnham, bringing to an end a long period without a vicar for some of these villages. He and his wife, Karen and family will live at Holling- bourne Vicarage. Captain Graham Bibby, a Church

Army officer for more than 20 years will also be licensed by the Bishop. As Team Missioner for the area, he will be based at Grove Green and will work in the new housing de- velopments in the benefice, includ- ing those along the Sutton Road. He has three children and likes cats

News Tom’s Tokyo trek for charity

A BEARSTED cyclist is setting out on a 9,000-mile solo trip from London to Tokyo to raise money for charity. With his trusty tent and a second-hand bike he bought on eBay, 25-

year-old TomButterworth plans to travel across Europe, Russia and China to reach the Japanese capital. He hit on the idea after

he completed a journey from Paris to Naples and decided to seek another challenge. He said: “The idea instantly took root in my mind and I knew I wouldn’t be able to brush it off. Deep down, I already knew I was going to do it, but most of me wanted to resist such a seemingly mammoth undertaking and the planning required.” Tom, who has given up

and progressive rock. Members of other churches are invited to attend the service at Box- ley which starts at 7pm, and the re- ception afterwards. The appointments of Rev Kite

and Captain Bibby complete the new PilgrimsWay “super benefice” team headed by Team Rector Canon John Corbyn, based at Holy Cross, Bearsted. One reason for the reorganisation

was the retirement of Holling- bourne’s Rev Nigel Fry two years ago.

his job in data management, is raising money for two good causes – children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and Hopes and Homes for Children. Tom’s brother Harry is amember of CLIC Sargent’s board of trustees, having been helped by the charity after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago. Tomsaid he wanted to give something back to help the charity continue its work. Hopes and Homes for Children helps find loving homes for children in orphanages. To follow Tom on his travels, visit his blog at and to donate, visit

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