Rural Dean bids farewell to Bridlington

The Rev Dr Peter Pike.
The Rev Dr Peter Pike.

BRIDLINGTON is about to bid farewell to its Rural Dean the Reverend Dr Peter Pike following his appointment as the new Archdeacon of Montgomery.

The Rev Pike, who has been Rural Dean of Bridlington for the past four years and Vicar of Bempton with Flamborough, Reighton and Speeton for eight years, has been announced as the new Archdeacon of Montgomery in the Church in Wales.

Dr Pike will play a key role in helping to shape the life and witness of the church in rural areas of the Diocese of St Asaph and will also serve as Vicar of Berriew. He will succeed the Venerable John Thelwell who retires at the end of June.

Dr Pike said he will miss all the friends he and his family have made during their time in the Bridlington area but they are looking forward to the move.

“I have been very happy living in Flamborough, and serving the church and communities in my parishes and in the Deanery. We shall miss all the good friends we have made across the four churches and communities on Flamborough Head, and in the Bridlington Deanery, a great deal.

“But we look forward to making friends and working closely with new colleagues in Berriew, the Archdeaconry of Montgomery, and the Diocese of St Asaph,” he said.

The Bishop of Hull, the Rt Reverend Richard Frith said Dr Pike will be greatly missed.

“Peter has been a wonderful parish priest and Rural Dean. We shall miss him greatly but the Diocese of St Asaph is extremely fortunate to have him,” the Rt Rev Frith said.

Prior to his move to the Bridlington area Dr Pike served in Lancashire in Blackburn Diocese for 20 years as a parish priest, rural dean and also as Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, and Assistant Tutor on a non-residential theological course.

He was born and brought up in south London, with an English father and a Welsh mother from Penclawdd, near Swansea.

He trained to teach in Hull and prior to ordination taught children with special educational needs. He is married to Deb and they have two sons, a daughter and two grandsons.

Dr Pike will be inducted as the Vicar of Berriew on Monday September 10 at the Parish Church of St Beuno, Berriew and will be installed as Archdeacon of Montgomery in St Asaph Cathedral on Monday October 1.

His last services in the Headland Benefice will be on Sunday August 26.

Eleanor Course, York Diocese Communications Officer, told the Free Press that a replacement vicar and rural dean will be appointed in due course and a period of consultation will start soon.