Canon Robin Whitehead has announced that he will retire in the New Year. His final Sunday will be 8th January 2017. In a letter circulated to the congregations of Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach and Icklesham on 10th July, he writes
I wanted to let you know this morning that after quite a lot of thought and prayer, I have decided that the time is approaching when I need to step down from what has been a lovely few years for me and I have decided to retire “properly” (as it were) after Christmas and with January 8th being my last Sunday.
I will be into my fourth year then of my House for Duty role here and I feel that it will be the right time for me personally but also for the Benefice, to enter a new chapter, under what I hope will be more full time management. That is what I believe our communities now need to continue to grow and flourish.
I hope that giving you a good run in, we can all start preparing and planning in a gentle unrushed way for my departure and for you, across our three churches, to consider with the Diocese about my successor.
We have achieved some special things in these past years and known some wonderful and happy times. More recently, it has been a joy to see our three churches coming together. I hope that that progress will carry on, as we work towards closer co-operation. It has to be the way forward for the Church in this place. I hope and pray that we will also continue to be the welcoming and inclusive churches that our mission statement calls us to be.
I don’t need to say that when I come to leave, it will be a sad moment for me. But that is still a way away. For now, I wanted simply today to give you all ample warning so it didn’t some as too much of a surprise! We have some busy months ahead and life goes on for us all, with hopefully a warm summer and a lovely autumn.
Thank you as always for all your love and support.