Part time Banburyshire vicar wanted - and this is the Great Tew house that goes with the job

This extraordinary 18th century vicarage in the chocolate-box village of Great Tew is one of the perks that go with the part time job of vicar - advertised today.

By Roseanne Edwards
Saturday, 31st October 2020, 9:52 am
Updated Saturday, 31st October 2020, 9:56 am
The 'handsome' house that goes with the job of vicar for Great Tew. Picture by Google
The 'handsome' house that goes with the job of vicar for Great Tew. Picture by Google

The job description for the part-time duty incumbent describes the post as 'unusual', requiring the vicar to work on Sundays and two full days in the week.

The benefit is made up of three parishes, four churches and three congregations and the chosen person will care for the spiritual and religious needs of the children and staff of Great Tew Primary School.

And the successful candidate maywell be invited to conduct the blessing of David and Victoria Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn to actor Nicola Peltz which is expected to take place at their Great Tew estate in 2021 or 2022.

"We are looking for an active pastor who is able to offer pastoral guidance, whom parishioners can respect spiritually, intellectually and personally," the advertisement in Church Times says.

Applications must be from those who are passionate about sustaining the traditions of worship whilst attracting larger congregations, able to undertake domiciliary pastoral visits for the elderly and infirm residents of the parishes and able to engage with the changing nature of rural communities.

"Our incumbent will be provided with a handsome mainly C18th listed Vicarage of large and elegant proportions with a large garden, owned and maintained by The Great Tew Charity Estate," the Diocese of Oxford advertisement says.

The Diocese of Oxford has more than 2.4 million people living in it (a number set to rise by at least half a million over the next decade), are organised into four areas and a modern open-plan administrative centre based in Kidlington, Oxford. It employs over 100 staff who work to support more than 800 churches and 283 church schools.

51,900 people worship regularly at its churches and 58,000 children attend church schools in this diocese. It is the second-largest diocese in the Church of England.