After a gap of some 18 months a new vicar, the Revd Dr Martin Naylor, begins work in the Allendale group of parishes on 23rd January. He will also take over the role of Area Dean of Hexham Deanery (of which we are part) from the Revd Andrew Patterson. Martin was previously vicar of Batley in Yorkshire. We look forward to meeting him and offering him a warm welcome in due course.