PAID for by the sale of the old vicarage, built within six
months, and environmentally friendly, with plenty of space for
church work as well as private accommodation, the parish of
Leiston, in the diocese of St Edmundsbury &
Ipswich, now has a well-designed and good-looking new
vicarage to welcome the new Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Martin
Phillips-Last, and his family.
Work started last July on the site of a bungalow, Harvest Lodge,
and was completed in January. A second floor was added to create a
vicarage built to high environmental standards to reduce running
costs and maintenance, and the total cost was £210,000.
The Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Dr David
Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, said that the new vicarage was good
news for the diocese. "We want to keep clergy living in as many
local communities as we can, and we want to do our bit for the
environment, too, as this new house does."