Villagers mourn death of their parish priest.
The Rev Ian Godfrey, vicar of St Luke's Church, Goostrey and St Peter's Church,
|St Luke's Church from the Bongs|
One of his last services was a special celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday attended by a packed congregation including the village's scouts and guides, cubs and beavers.
Earlier this year, one of the highlights of his ministry was the visit of the Church of England's first woman Bishop, the Right Reverend Libby Lane, the Bishop of Stockport, to officiate at St Luke's annual Plough Service held at the Orchards Farm, Twemlow.
Parishioners have spoken of their sadness at the loss of Ian who arrived in the village to live at the Vicarage in Blackden Lane as a "breath of fresh air" as he took on the challenge of looking after the church and its flock in both parishes.
|The Bishop of Stockport at Plough Sunday|
"When he became ill he was still very determined to carry out his duties even though at times he insisted on doing them on crutches or from a wheelchair.
"He was certainly one of the most courageous and lovely individuals one could wish to meet. He will be sadly missed by the parish both here and in Swettenham."
Ian's funeral will be held at St Luke's Church on Friday, August 26 at 2pm followed by interment at St Peter's.