Ottery’s Reverend Cate retires after 11 years

Reverend Cate Edmonds

Reverend Cate Edmonds - Credit: Archant

Her last services will be this weekend.

The Otter Vale community bids farewell to its long serving vicar this weekend who retired after more than 10 years of service.

The Reverend Prebendary Cate Edmonds will lead her last service on Sunday evening (October 8) after 11 years as the vicar of Escot, Feiniton and Payhembury.

She entered the ministry in 1992 and began her 22 year career working in Yeovil and as chaplain of Martin St Johns in Plymouth before moving to take a post in the Otter Vale Mission Community.

Over the last 11 years, she has conducted 200 christenings, 150 weddings and more than 200 funerals.


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The Reverend has also been a governor as well as work with children at Feniton and Payhembury Church of England schools.

The Reverend Edmonds said: “People let you into their lives and that is just lovely. I know a lot of people and a lot of people know me, everybody speaks to everyone.

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“I know one of the biggest things I am going to miss is having little voices saying ‘Reverend Cate’.

“It’s been about sharing the joys and the sorrows and sharing God’s love with people.

“I finish with the harvest festival which is a celebratory service. A lot of people have come especially to say goodbye to me which has been really touching.”

Her final services will be at a 10.30am café service in Payhembury village hall and a harvest service at Escot Parish Church at 6pm.

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