A NEW vicar has been appointed for Malton.

The Rev Glyn Diggins served his training curacy, under the mentorship of the town’s previous vicar, Rev Peter Robinson.

Rev Diggins was born in Essex, but moved to Selby when he was four years old. He lived there until he was nine, when he moved to Hong Kong, where he was resident for 10 years, attending boarding school in Pocklington from the age of 13 to 18.

Rev Diggins originally went into banking, but after eight years moved into the IT industry, where he worked in business development.

After a further 10 years, he became involved in the learning and development sector, where he built a reputation specialising in leadership and management.

He was a director within a consultancy prior to entering into the ministry.

After theological training at Cranmer Hall, part of St John’s College, Durham University, he moved to Malton to serve his Training Curacy.

Rev Diggins is married to Maureen and they have two sons, Rhys and Myles.

He said: “It would be fair to say that my wife, sons and I struggle to see ourselves anywhere else but here.

“We quickly fell in love with the geographical area, the people who make up the community and the congregations of St Mary’s and St Michael’s.

“Malton has so much going for it; good schools, retail and leisure facilities, a real connection with its history and tradition and a community that truly cares for each other, without being insular, and open to welcoming new friends.”

Rev Diggins added: “Christian witness, worship and ministry has been the heartbeat of Malton for centuries, and it is evident from the ecumenical warmth that exists

here, that this is still the case and will continue to be so.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed as vicar of Malton and I look forward to serving the town and its community in the years to come, but more than that, I look forward to us sharing life together, both the highs and lows.”