Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Shropshire

The Reverend Prebendary David North

The Reverend Prebendary David NorthI was born on VE Day in 1945 in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In the early 1950s my family moved to Carshalton in Surrey. At the age of eight I went away to boarding school until I was sixteen, when I then attended a college of commerce for two years to gain further qualifications.

My first full-time employment were with the Nestlé Company at their head office in Croydon and subsequently as a Probation Officer.

In 1970 I was selected by the Church of England to train for the Priesthood. On completing the course at both Lichfield Theological College and Queen’s College, Birmingham I was ordained in 1973 in Blackburn cathedral, in Lancashire. My first parish was just north of Blackburn in the Ribble valley.

In 1976 I was appointed Senior Curate to a very large parish in Blackpool, where I ministered to many people in the entertainment business.

In the spring of 1979 I became vicar of a parish just south of Preston. When I was appointed the population was 7,500 and when I left eight and a half years later the population had reached over 13,000 and was still growing.

The Reverend Prebendary David North & The High SheriffThirty years ago I moved to Shropshire – a decision I have never regretted. I was appointed Rector of Whittington and then in 1996 as Priest-in-Charge of West Felton with Haughton, I served within the two parishes until I retired from the full-time ministry in 2010. My years in these two parishes were very fulfilling with a ministry of growth and many friendships made.

From 2002 until 2009 I was Rural Dean of the Oswestry Deanery and in 2007 the Bishop of Lichfield appointed me a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral.

During my ministry I have been very much involved with education, serving as Chairman of Governors of four primary schools and a Governor of two comprehensive schools and a grammar school. Whilst serving in the parishes of Whittington and West Felton with Haughton, I was Chairman of Governors at Whittington C of E aided primary school for twenty years and as a Governor of the Derwen College, a college for the the physically disabled and hard of learning. I was also their independent counsellor for fifteen years.

In retirement I still lead an active ministry and look forward to my year in office as the Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Shropshire.