Grantham Journal Caricature: Father Stuart Cradduck

Father Stuart Cradduck, by Terry Shelbourne.
Father Stuart Cradduck, by Terry Shelbourne.
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Father Stuart Cradduck became rector of St Wulfram’s on May 7, having been a rector in Chichester for seven years and before that a minor canon at St Albans Cathedral.

While the 40-year-old may be quite a modern member of the clergy with his use of social media, Father Cradduck says he is also fairly old-fashioned and that he wants to bring back humanity to the role, admitting that he can be ‘cheeky and bolshy’.

He wants to ensure that neither he nor the church appear ‘aloof’, but instead to welcome people into the congregation, just as he and his family have been welcomed into the community.

He, his wife Laura who works for the Local Education Authority, their son Tom, aged 9, and daughter Libby, aged 7, have all settled into the rectory. The children are both enjoying being at the National School, and their parents are both enjoying the school’s close proximity to home!

Father Cradduck added that he was happy with how the Remembrance service went, and that there was a lot still to do before the spire’s completion.

He is now busy preparing for the many Christmas events, including Carols on the Hour on December 20 which will see local choirs perform for 30 minutes each - perfect for shoppers wanting to pop in for a little festive music, along with refreshments and stalls.

Christmas Eve will see the traditional Christingle Crib Service for children, who are encouraged to dress up as characters from the nativity, or any other fun fancy dress.