Highlights of my curacy include my priesting by Bishop Robert in September 2017. While I may have been deaconed in the splendour of Exeter Cathedral the year before, it is hard to top being priested in a church in the benefice where you serve, in the company of congregations you have grown to love. However there are also many other occasions that I will remember with great fondness, including the Flower Festival, Messy Church, Rogation, Harvest, and the mighty Christmas Tree Festival. What makes these events, and so many others that take place across the benefice special, is the way our church families come together and work for the good of the whole community. It is inspirational and fun. I shall never forget my beloved rag-doll, ‘Dolly’, speeding down the zip-wire from the tower of St Swithin’s, Shobrooke at the Harvest weekend, to join the great pile of brave teddies who had flown down before. Each one of whose flight had been accompanied by Fred’s excellent, deadpan and highly entertaining commentary.