Market vicars move on to pastures new

FINAL VISIT: The next generation of market vicars, Neil Collin, Susan Hill and Chris Jameson-Gates are handed on the role by Ian Rutherford and Andrew Hall, with managing director of Durham Markets Colin Wilkes in the background.
FINAL VISIT: The next generation of market vicars, Neil Collin, Susan Hill and Chris Jameson-Gates are handed on the role by Ian Rutherford and Andrew Hall, with managing director of Durham Markets Colin Wilkes in the background.
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TWO men who have helped market stallholders through tough times are set to undertake their own spiritual journey.

Andrew Hall and Ian Rutherford, both ordinands from St John’s College’s Cranmer Hall in Durham, have been paying regular visits to the city’s Indoor Market over the last year, providing a listening ear to business bosses.

Their help is said to have been of comfort to the market workers as they tackle the stresses and strains of the tough financial climate.

This summer, the men will graduate to embark on work in their spiritual ministry – Andrew within the Church of England and Ian as a Methodist minister.

The pair have also spent time creating unique films of traders reading the uplifting Psalms of Ascents in the Spring, during the visits to the market hall.

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets said: “We are very grateful for their ongoing support, and wish them well as they take up their new ministerial positions this summer.”

Susan Hill and Chris Jameson-Gates, from St Nicholas’ Church in the Market Place, and Neil Collin from St John’s College, will take up the posts left empty by Ian and Andrew later this month.

Ian, a married father-of-five, is a second year student minister with the Methodist Church.

He is originally from Gateshead, but now lives in Great Lumley with his wife Joanna.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1984, working firstly in private practice specialising in dispute resolution. For the last 10 years he has been involved in landmark regeneration projects for Gateshead Council, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Baltic and the Sage Gateshead.

Former miner Andrew is married with three grown-up children, and is from Wakefield.

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