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Haverhill vicar Ian Finn calls time on his Church of England career




After 12 years as the Rector of Haverhill and Withersfield, the Reverend Canon Ian Finn is to take early retirement and move away from the area later this month.

Canon Finn, who in February 2017 was unanimously cleared by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court of defrauding his own church of £12,707, will hold his final service at St Mary’s Haverhill on Sunday, August 18 and will officially retire from Church of England Ministry on August 31.

He will be taking up a post as chaplain to Huggens College retirement community, an almshouse trust in Northfleet, Kent.

Rev Canon Ian Finn outside St Mary's Church, Haverhill. He is retiring in August and will hold his final service at the church on August 18. Picture by Mark Westley.
Rev Canon Ian Finn outside St Mary's Church, Haverhill. He is retiring in August and will hold his final service at the church on August 18. Picture by Mark Westley.

Mr Finn, who will be 61 when he retires after 36 years as a Minister, was born, raised and educated in Accrington, Lancashire and was ordained in Blackburn Cathedral.

After a spell in Worcester, where he was and was Chaplain and Head of RE at the Royal Grammar School, he moved to Suffolk 20 years ago to be Rector of Bansfield Benefice, covering Wickhambrook and surrounding parishes, for eight years before taking up his post in Haverhill in 2007.

Mr Finn has played a role in his local community inside and outside of church, sitting on school governor boards, being chaplain to town and borough mayors, and more.

As he approaches his retirement, Mr Finn said: “It has been a great honour and privilege to minister in all the places God has sent me.

“No less so in the town of Haverhill and village of Withersfield. I have made many friends over the years and have valued the support and goodwill of the people of the town and surrounding areas.

“I leave with a sense of sadness going from a place I have loved to serve and friends made but with many happy memories of shared times and events, yet with the excitement of looking forward to what God is leading me to do for Him in the future.

“I leave not because I necessarily want to, but because a priest’s life is one of obedience to God’s call, and I know He wants me to do other work for Him.

“A new priest, once found and appointed, will bring a new vision, vigour, and direction to the church and this is all part of God’s plan for Haverhill and Withersfield.

“Thank you to all who have supported, prayed for and joined me in my ministry in this place.”


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