Published by Andrew Beane on Mon, 5 Aug 2019 08:15

Revd Canon Andrew Beane is preparing to take up a new post as the Archdeacon of Exeter in Devon in August.
Andrew, along with his wife Catherine and daughter Lucy, have led something of a quiet revolution of church and community life in Aylsham and the surrounding villages. The church has become the heart of a vibrant community welcoming people from all ages and backgrounds to a huge variety of events.
Andrew Beane 256CFDuring the seven years of their ministry in the town the church congregation has more than doubled, the numbers of weddings, funerals and christenings have dramatically increased, thousands of young people have attended the highly popular holiday family activity days, and pioneering modern technology has been used to enhance people’s experiences of the building and its services, as well as to connect people with one another.
One Aylsham resident said:
“We are incredibly grateful to Andrew and Catherine for what they have done for this town. We don’t want them to go, but we plan to send them off in style.”
Revd Jack Branford, Andrew’s curate at Aylsham Church said:
“Andrew, Catherine and Lucy will be sorely missed by our churches, the wider community and by myself personally. Over the last 7 years they have brought incredible love, creativity, vision, energy and compassion to everything they do, making a difference to literally thousands of lives including my own. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to ‘learn the trade’ and for better people to learn it from."

Aylsham Beanefest 750CF
Over 400 people attended their final service and then 100s more came to Beanefest, a special community celebration at Aylsham Parish Church.  The service and presentations were followed by big community bring and share picnic, with Pimm’s Tent, live music from local choirs and bands, Coxfords butcher’s BBQ, children and youth Activities, pop-up “Black Boys” pub, and many more surprises throughout the afternoon.

Revd Canon Andrew Beane said: "Thank you to everyone who has filled the last seven years with joy, friendship, creativity, & love. We have so many wonderful memories of our time at Aylsham Parish Church, & will never be able to find the words to express our immense gratitude, so we're hoping this little film captures something of the love we've experienced & shared with you all."

Photos from Beanefest can been seen at & a Thank You video here 

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