A NEW chaplain has taken his post at a village school near Uttoxeter.
In a special service held in Abbots Bromley School’s Chapel, Father Graham Bott has been installed as the new chaplain by the Senior Provost of Woodard Schools Brendan Clover.
The pupils, staff and Hoar Cross parish residents gathered to welcome him and to witness this new beginning in the chaplaincy at the school.
The music was provided by the school’s choir and conducted by Angela Randles, with other pupils participating by reading lessons.
Father Bott was appointed Priest in Charge of the Church of the Holy Angels at Hoar Cross in September of last year.
Prior to this appointment he had been assistant priest in the Parish of St Peter, Rickerscote. He worked for Staffordshire County Council for more than 40 years and prior to taking early retirement he worked in the youth and community service.
Mr Clover said: “I am delighted that Father Bott has joined us at the school and re-established the link between Abbots Bromley School and the Hoar Cross parish which has been present since the school began 140 years ago.”