THE vicar of St John's Church in Bromsgrove is moving on to pastures new, it has been announced.

Reverend Chris Wingfield will be leaving the church, off Kidderminster Road, in the spring to take up a new post in Yorkshire.

Mr Wingfield explained that he had decided to leave the town to become the new rector of the Harton benefice as he has family commitments there.

Mr Wingfield originally took over the role at St John's Church in 2009, when he replaced Reverend Nigel Marns.

During his time at the church he has been very active in the town including launching the street pastors scheme, supporting campaigns including the restoration of the historic lych gate after it was vandalised, and overseeing the move to a lead-free roof at the church following several thefts.

He will be taking his last Sunday service at the church from 10.45am on March 9, and is inviting Bromsgrove residents along.

Mr Wingfield said: "Since 2009, it has been a privilege to share such an amazing and fulfilling time with you all and to have witnessed such growth of faith in so many people.

"Also, to have been part of the new active harmony that the churches in Bromsgrove have developed.

"It is an exciting and busy new post, but I know the many goodbyes to new found friends and colleagues here in Bromsgrove will be somewhat emotional."

Mr Wingfield added that there was still work to done before he leaves, and his replacement is appointed and takes over.