TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving vicar who has retired.
The Rev Canon Christine Bullimore, Priest-in–Charge of St. Michael’s Church Emley and St. James’ Church Flockton, has stood down after almost 15 years in the parish.
Her retirement was marked by a gathering of parishioners and friends at an informal buffet lunch, following the Easter Celebration of Holy Communion. Tributes were paid both to Christine and her husband, Judge John Bullimore – a Lay Canon of Wakefield Cathedral – who in his capacity as a lay reader has also served both parishes with regular sermons at Sunday services.
Mrs Bullimore was ordained priest in 1997 and became Priest-in-Charge of Emley and Flockton in 1999, also serving as Bishop’s adviser in pastoral care and counselling, giving help and support to many people in the Diocese.
As a former teacher she continued to work in education as chairman of governors for the schools in both Emley and Flockton.
In 2005 she was made Rural Dean of the Kirkburton Deanery and she became an honorary canon of Wakefield Cathedral in 2008 and in addition to her work in Emley and Flockton, she has also been a long-standing adviser for ordination candidates and a member of the Church of England Ministry Division’s Candidates Panel.
She will continue to serve as the bishop’s adviser in pastoral care and counselling during retirement.
The couple are retiring to New Mill, where they are looking forward to spending more time with their family.