Former Eastbourne teacher Tony Windross is the newly appointed Priest in Charge of St Nicolas, Pevensey and St Wilfrid’s, Pevensey Bay.
Tony Windross, who grew up and later taught in Eastbourne before serving at St Mary’s in the Old Town from 1993 to 1997, will work three days a week for the parish.
He says: “My wife Pat and I are very excited about this new adventure.
“I was fortunate to have the late Tony Christian as a tutor during my ordination training.
“We love the area, and look forward to getting to know the parish and people of Pevensey.”
Tony was born in Margate, but grew up in Eastbourne. After leaving school he read economics and geography at Cambridge – and whilst there met and married Pat.
They moved to Birmingham to study on the post-graduate certificate of education course – and he then taught in Eastbourne for 24 years, during which time their family steadily grew, with the arrival of four sons: Peter, David, Andrew and Paul.
He began ordination training in 1990, being ordained in 1993, and was based at St Mary’s Eastbourne as a non-stipendiary minister, before moving in 1997 to East Grinstead as a full-time curate.
After two years, he moved to Sheringham in North Norfolk, where he was the vicar for nine years, before going in 2008 to Hythe in Kent, where he was vicar for six years.
Churchwarden Simon Sargent comments “We are delighted that Rev Tony Windross has been appointed as Priest in Charge. We have been without our own vicar since the passing of Rev Tony Christian in 2013.
“Tony’s arrival shortly before Easter is very timely, not least as the major restoration programme at St Nicolas should be completed by then.”