Churches’ fears end as vacancy to be filled

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fears that a ministerial vacancy at the linked churches of Caddonfoot and Trinity in Galashiels will not be filled have been laid to rest this week.

Speculation had mounted after the departure of the Rev Morag Dawson last autumn and the decision of the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles to review its church estate in Galashiels with the possible merger of the town’s other two churches: Old Parish & St Pauls and St John’s in Langlee.

On Tuesday night, in Innerleithen, the presbytery unanimously endorsed the recommendation of its parish appraisal committee, fully supported by representatives of both Caddonfoot and Trinity, that a call should be made for a new minister to the vacant charge on a seven-year renewable tenure.

The prebytery also agreed on a deferred link between the churches of Lyne and Manor in Peeblesshire and St Andrew’s Leckie in Peebles, to be activated when the former’s minister, the Rev Nancy Norman, retires later this year.

The new minister will be the recently qualified Rev Malcolm Jefferson.