01636 555082 vicar@becktrent.org.uk

Meet the Vicar

Hello and thank you for visiting our website.
My name is Mark Adams and I am the Vicar of the Beck & Trent Parishes.
I have been here since July 2016 and am enjoying life in the countryside after spending nearly nine years being a Vicar in Mansfield. It is great being part of these communities and I hope that our churches will continue to be a vibrant part of them for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about what is going on in our churches, if you have questions about the Christian faith or would just like to chat then please get in touch. You can find my details below or if you see me walking around just say hello!

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My Latest Newsletter Article

Four Years and Three Months ago …

Where were you four years and three months ago and what has happened to you since then?

In August 2014. we were living in Mansfield and, of the six
villages that make up the Beck & Trent Parishes, were only vaguely aware of Caunton from driving past on the A616. We went on holiday to Cornwall that summer, staying in our Caravan at a site just outside Bude. Both our children
were at All Saints’ School in Mansfield, Michael was in the Sixth Form and Zac
was finishing Year 8. Since then, we have sold the caravan; discovered just how
good the villages of Carlton, Cromwell, Caunton, Norwell, Ossington and Sutton
are to live and work; Michael has finished his degree in Leeds; Zac is doing
Performing Arts at Lincoln College; and Helen owns a cow! For us, it feels like
a lifetime ago. Each of us has our own story of the last four years and three
months.

In our nation, it also feels like a long time ago. David Cameron was Prime Minister in a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. The EU referendum was still nearly two years away and Brexit wasn’t a word yet. Since then, Brexit most definitely is a word; Theresa May has
become Prime Minister and many of our politicians are trying to work out
exactly what happened and where we go next.

But if four years and three months seems a long time ago to us, imagine how it must
have felt 100 years ago, because this was the length of the First World War. It
began at 11pm on 4 August 1914 and ended at 11am on the 11 November 1918. During that time 8,538,315 military personnel died; 5,152,115 from the Allies and 3,386,200 from the Central Powers. Of those deaths on the Allied side, 908,371 were British and of those 6 were from Carlton, 7 from Caunton, 11 from Norwell, 9 from Ossington and 24 from Sutton. No one was
listed has having died from Cromwell and so it became one of 52 ‘thankful
villages’, though that bought its own struggles in a nation reeling from so
much loss. There are services and commemorations planned in all our villages on
11th November, with details of times elsewhere in this magazine or
on this website. Everyone is most welcome.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”