Vicar leaves after 37 years in same parish

Reverend Canon Nicholas Morgan retiring as village vicar for Lower Brailes NNL-160926-171928009

Reverend Canon Nicholas Morgan retiring as village vicar for Lower Brailes NNL-160926-171928009

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A much loved motorbiking vicar will be saying goodbye to the place he has called home for over 37 years at the end of the month.

Reverend Canon Nicholas Morgan moved to Brailes in 1979 at the age of 28, giving villagers a surprise.

He said: “When I became vicar in Brailes, I had long hair, a beard and a motorbike, but the villagers soon got over the shock when they found I was old fashioned at heart.”

Rev Morgan had been curate at St Michaels, Stockton, near Southam and started in 1973 as curate at Wythenshawe, in Manchester.

Rev Morgan knew he wanted to be a vicar from the age of 16 and became the youngest priest in the Church of England at 22, which required a special certificate from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Now 66, he will be retiring to live near Shipston on Stour with his wife, Sirpa, and dog Maisie. The Morgan’s have a son, Daniel, who lives in California.

The village held a celebration in Rev Morgan’s honour last month, which attracted 200 people.

He said: “Brailes is a lovely mixed village and like all communities, it has changed a bit over the years. When I became vicar, there were no mobile phones, answering machines and home computers, the digital world hadn’t begun and there were a lot of the old village families around.”