Rev Canon Andy Froud is going (nearly) back to his roots

Rev Canon Andy Froud

Four candles! Four candles! Handles for forks! Fork ‘andles!

Some people hearing that think of the Two Ronnies, but those in the Ribble Valley are more likely to think of Andy Froud, Vicar of St. Mary’s and St.Paul’s in Clitheroe and Christ Church, Chatburn and St. Leonard’s, Downham.

Soon, however, to hear that and a thousand “Dad” jokes you will have to travel to Foulridge, Laneshawbridge or Trawden because Andy is about to become their Vicar.

In the thirteen years since he came to Clitheroe from Blackpool, Andy has become so much a part of the community, always visible, always approachable, always caring – a real people person. As one man said, on hearing Andy is leaving, “You’re the best thing to happen to Clitheroe since the bypass!”

Through weddings, baptisms, funerals, school contacts, hospital chaplaincy, park run, cycling, chance meetings and conversations, and regular church services (live and by Zoom), Andy has shown God’s love to countless people in our community.

He’s now moving on to serve communities slightly nearer his native Yorkshire and his final service with us will be at St. Mary’s on Sunday 1st January 2023 at 11:00am. If anyone wishes to contribute towards a leaving gift for Andy, donations may be left at the Parish Office in the St. Mary’s Centre, Church St. Clitheroe or ring 01200 422828 or email



About Patricia Duxbury

I have lived in Lancashire for over 30 years, the last 15 of them in Clitheroe. I'm a former teacher and a member of St. Mary Magdalene's Church. I sing in the Church choir and am in the Open Church Group.

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