A Methodist minister is set to retire.
Rev Pat Brown has served the parishes of Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton for the last six years and will now hang up his collar at the age of 67.
During his time in the borough he has seen the formation of the new combined Trinity URC Methodist Church in Great Harwood and help set in motion the new food bank which covers all three areas.
Rev Brown said he has met ‘lots of lovely people’ and will ‘certainly miss it’.
He said: “I have really enjoyed my time. In Rishton we have the Methodist school and I’ve really enjoyed being part of the governors and the church which is very lively and doing really well.
“In Clayton-le-Moors the church on Barnes Square closed about three years ago but we now meet in an upper room at Mercer House which works really well and the people are very committed.
“I have really enjoyed working with all the churches like the Church of England, United Reformed Church and Baptist churches as we all get on very well which is really helpful and important. All the churches play a key role in community life and I have met a lot of lovely people.
“I will certainly miss it all but I do need to retire as I’m at that age.”
Rev Brown said he is also ‘really pleased’ with the success of the ‘Our Food Bank’ set up last year. It is run by a team of more than 20 volunteers based in Great Harwood and collects donated food from various drop-off points around Hyndburn.
He said: “I helped initiate the meetings which led to the food bank opening and I’m really pleased that it is going so well.
“We also have a weekly luncheon at Trinity which now has about 80 or 90 people going each week.”
Rev Brown said he is now looking forward to a well-earned holiday in the Maldives with his wife Chris before helping out the Methodist church near his home in Farnworth.
Rishton ward councillor Ken Moss said he will be ‘sadly missed’.
He said: “It’s always a shame when we have to say goodbye to long-standing members of the clergy. He has been heavily involved with Churches Together and community events.”