DEWSBURY has welcomed a new methodist minister after saying farewell to the Rev Peter Bates.
The Rev Judith Satchell took over responsibility of Westborough, Longcauseway and Thornhill Methodist churches at the beginning of this month. But Mrs Satchell hasn’t moved too far, having spent the past 10 years as minister for three churches in Halifax.
Mrs Satchell, 59, lived in Cleckheaton as a child and said she felt at home in Dewsbury.
She said: “The welcome service was really wonderful and gave me that feeling that I was going to belong, so that was lovely, and there were people from other churches, not just methodist churches, which was nice to see.
“My first two Sundays have been really good, I felt really welcome and everyone seemed genuinely pleased to see me and to have me there.”
Mrs Satchell also said she was looking forward to getting stuck in to her new role.
Mrs Satchell originally trained as a nurse in London and then worked as a health visitor for many years before deciding to pursue life as a minister.
She said she would be offering her support to the Rev Alison Crookes who has just started serving in Mirfield.
She said: “It can be really overwhelming in those first few weeks.”