We were very sorry to be informed by police late of the death of a man at the Rectory in Hawley, later confirmed as Father Martyn Neale, Rector of Hawley and Vicar of Minley in the Diocese of Guildford.
Fr Neale had been suspended last week as a consequence of an ongoing police investigation.
The Diocese of Guildford has been giving pastoral support in the parish, and representatives were in attendance at Sunday morning services to speak to parishioners. We continue to pray for all those who are affected by these tragic events. In due course the diocese will also support the parish in finding a new priest.
Fr Neale's funeral took place in Hawley on Tuesday 29 August, presided over by the Bishop of Richborough.