Festival rector retires after 20 years
AFTER nearly 20 years as rector of Pilton, Croscombe, North Wootton and Dinder, the Rev David Osborne is stepping down.
Mr Osborne moved to Pilton in 1994 to take up the post and has since become a well known and respected member of the community.
On being in the same parish for such a length of time, he said: “You get to know people, and you see people and things change.
“We’ve made changes to the church buildings, but more, you see people change as young people grow up, and older people adjust to the changes they have to make.”
The opportunity a parish ministry provides to be a part of important times in people’s lives was not something Mr Osborne took for granted.
He said: “I don’t know how many weddings or baptisms or funerals I’ve taken, but they’ve all been different because they are different people and families, and they have all been a real privilege.”
Mr Osborne was a regular contributor to the Christian Comment column in the Shepton Mallet Journal, and for a number of years to Radio Bristol’s Thought for the Day.
He was always at Glastonbury Festival, which is held in one of his parishes, and on several occasions spoke from the main stage.
During his time in Pilton, Mr Osborne also published several books.
One of them, The Country Vicar, was about rural church ministry.
A member of the Diocesan synod, he represented the diocese in the Church of England’s general synod for three years.
Two years ago he was made Sub Dean of Wells.
Mr Osborne and his wife, Madron, held an open invitation farewell party at the Pilton Working Men’s Club last Friday.
There was music from local artist Rodney Allen.
Following this, Mr Osborne held his final family communion service at Pilton Parish Church at 11am on Sunday.