THE Archdeacon of Gloucester has announced his retirement – but with something of a busman's holiday twist.
The Venerable Geoffrey Sidaway will leave his current role and retire as Canon Residentiary of the Cathedral.
But he will have no time to rest as he takes up the post of Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of Highnam, Lassington, Rudford, Tibberton and Taynton.
He came to Gloucester Diocese from Canterbury in 2000.
Bishop of Gloucester Michael Perham said: "Geoffrey Sidaway has been an exemplary Archdeacon of Gloucester through the last 12 years.
"He has been an utterly loyal and trustworthy colleague and a friend of the clergy and the parishes.
"He will bring to his new role the same vision, enthusiasm and care as he has exercised as Archdeacon and that is good news for the people of Highnam and the other villages for which he will be responsible."
Archdeacon Geoffrey will officially retire on May 31 next year and will then move on to his new post.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I'm a parish priest to my finger tips.I used to have a reputation for growing churches – let's hope I've not lost my touch."