St Mary’s new Rector, Rev’d James Hutchings’ Institution service was held on Monday 22nd July. He was instituted at St Mary’s by the Bishop of Kingston. The service was followed by a well-attended reception in Kitson Hall to which many in the local community attended as well as guests from outside Barnes, some of whom had travelled from Devon.
Father James has since said ‘Alice and I are so grateful for the lovely generous welcome we have received moving to Barnes, and at the Institution on Monday evening. I know that many worked extremely hard to make it all possible, and please be assured this was greatly appreciated not only by us, but also all those visiting to support me from previous parishes and elsewhere. I look forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks and months, and to our partnership together in the gospel.’