Annie is on the road to her first post in charge

Rev Annie Goldthorp is the new vicar of Deddington parish
Rev Annie Goldthorp is the new vicar of Deddington parish

A car firm’s first ever female apprentice is looking forward to her first post as the new vicar of Deddington parish.

Rev Annie Goldthorp is due to be installed in a ceremony tonight, Thursday, at Deddington Church. As well as Deddington, she will be in charge of Clifton, Hempton and the Barfords parishes.

Rev Goldthorp was adopted as a baby and grew up in Solihull. Before becoming a vicar, she joined Land Rover as its first ever female apprentice, leaving the company in 1986.

“They didn’t take on girls at that point. I broke into a man’s world – it was great fun,” she said.

She then worked in publishing before moving to Warwick and becoming involved in youth and children’s activities at St Nicholas and St Mary’s.

She started her training for ministry in autumn 2008 and studied for three years while running her own design magazine.

Her curacy was spent at All Saints, in Harbury, and All Saints in Ladbroke. She decided she was ready for her first post after covering for the incumbent vicar in Ladbroke, Rev Craig Groocock, during his sabbatical last year.

Rev Goldthorp said she was looking forward to meeting her congregation.

She said: “There are a lot of expectations from people and I want to know what people want from me. I am looking forward to working with the school and getting to know the congregation.”

She has a son, Jeremy, 28, who lives in Lincoln.

Her induction will take place at 7.30pm. There will be refreshments available in the church.