Cranbrook’s new minister relishes new challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:21 26 September 2013

Rev Mark Gilborson pictured with a special rock he discovered on the site designated for the town's building of worship.

Rev Mark Gilborson pictured with a special rock he discovered on the site designated for the town's building of worship.

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Reverend Mark Gilborson talks about life in Cranbrook.

Reverend Mark Gilborson, the minister for Cranbrook, was one of the first official residents in Cranbrook and loves being a part of the growing community.

The 46-year-old moved to Cranbrook in December with his wife and three daughters.

He was born and bred in Bristol and worked as a civil servant for a number of years before taking on a new calling as a church minister – working in Whipton, Topsham, Wonford, Lympstone, Crediton and Whiddon Down.

Speaking to the Cranbrook Herald about being part of the new community he said: “It is fantastic and I feel really privileged.

“It’s an ideal role as I am quite creative and I’ve always enjoyed being a minister.”

He added: “I see part of my job as getting the community going, I think we have been pretty successful, but I am aware as it becomes bigger, it may get more challenging.

“Part of the work of the church is bringing about community.”

Mr Gilborson has been personally welcoming new residents to the town with special welcome packs to help them get settled in.

Since starting his new role in Cranbrook he has helped set up a toddler group and a running group for residents and has formed close links with St Martin’s C of E Primary School.

He is also a governor at the school.

He is passionate about music and plays a number of instruments and is currently learning how to play the ukulele.

In his spare time he also enjoys photography, running and has a keen interest in cooking.

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