Message from Phil Bradley

Emailed out on 17 December 2018

I am writing to you all with the next update on my health,

The Doctor has agreed for me to begin a phased return to work as he is pleased with my progress. This will be more ‘behind-the-scenes’ until the 22nd January 2019 when I have my next review. However, I have been advised to do a couple of services to see how I cope with them.

Therefore I will begin by doing 10 hours per week this week and the first week of January, and will then increase by 10 hours a week. I will be under the supervision of the Area Dean during this time.

My main duties will be planning for 2019 and looking at how to make changes to enable the role of Vicar to become more manageable through delegation and simplification of some processes.

Again, I would like to sincerely thank all those who have covered for me during these last 10-11 weeks, and will continue to do so until at least the 22nd January. The arrangements for cover will again remain the same with Katy looking after Cricklade and Latton, and Shirley looking after Ashton Keynes and Leigh. However, I will now be able to provide support for them from ‘behind-the-scenes’.

Lastly, Bishop Viv (the new Bishop of Bristol) will be presiding and preaching at St Sampson’s on Sunday 6th January at 10am (I will be assisting). I have cancelled most other services in order to give people the opportunity to come and meet her (the 8am service will still go ahead that Sunday). I have booked the Jenner Hall for children’s work during the early parts of the service and the sermon.

Please let me know if you are able to help in any way on that Sunday - let’s give Bishop Viv the best welcome possible.

My prayers continue for all of you and I am grateful for your continued prayers for me and my return to full health. I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a happy new year - when I look forward to seeing you again.

With all God’s Blessings


Revd Phil Bradley

Vicar, Upper Thames Group of Churches