Following the retirement of Colin Bradley, there has been an interregnum at St. Catherine's. However the following is an extract from the message that was read out in church at the morning service on 26th July:
"There is progress to report! After a lengthy selection process we have now secured a new vicar. I received a letter on Tuesday 21st July from the Lord Chancellor’s office as the representative of the Crown confirming the appointment of Reverend Linda Robertson to the Benefice of Cocking with West Lavington, Bepton and Heyshott. The installation of our new vicar by Bishop Martin of Chichester will be on Monday 28th September at 19:30; details will follow.
Linda Robertson was ordained priest in the Diocese of Winchester in 2004 and has been a non-stipendiary (i.e. unpaid) team vicar in the Totton Team Ministry since 2010. She was from 2004 until now employed as a senior librarian at the University of Southampton. During that time up to 2010, Linda was a curate and later assistant priest taking responsibility for two churches during an interregnum. Before this, Linda was headteacher of the primary school in Ampfield after having held several other teaching posts since 1987.
Linda’s first degree was obtained at Somerville College in Oxford in Natural Science– Physics followed by an MSc in Medical Physics in Aberdeen. After a spell as librarian at the University of Aberdeen she became a full time mother before starting in teaching. Linda’s interests are wide and include having been active for many years with the Samaritans, having board membership of the charity Share the Vision concerned with library access for visually impaired people and has an interest in many accessibility issue for different types of disability.
We very much look forward to welcoming Linda as our new vicar and I will keep you posted about the details of the installation on the 28th September; please put it in your diary as you are all welcome".
I have met Linda on a few occasions now and I can assure you that she will be an excellent leader and pastor."
Nico Dekker, Churchwarden Cocking with West Lavington