Over the years Clowne has had many new residents, not the least of which was Lawrence Rex Roland Harris, who started his Ministry here on the 18th March 1971. With strong parental links here Lawrence spent much of his wartime school holidays with his grandmother in Clowne. On leaving school he completed his National Service in the Army Intelligence Corps, serving in Nigeria. Returning to Cambridge, where his parents then lived, he entered St. Catherine's College, where he obtained Honours Degrees in English and Theology before moving on to Ely Theology College and subsequently being ordained at Southwell Minster. In the 'sporting field' he was awarded a Boxing Blue which complimented his Rugby Colonial Internation Scrum Half position and later his four World Championships in Dinghy sailing. He began his service in the Church as a curate in inner city Nottingham, followed by Chaplaincy at Rampton Hospital before becoming Priest to five rural parishes in Nottinghamshire, the largest being Surton-le-Steeple. On coming to Clowne he adopted a policy of 'getting amongst the people' and was often seen enjoying a pint in the local pubs. He rejuvenated the scouts and guides, got the Church bells ringing again and restored the annual Church fete. Outside his Ministry he became Clerk to the Parish Council, Governor to all the schools, becoming Chairman of Governors of them all, as well as the College and Netherthorpe Grammar School. He enthusiastically joined in non-business matters, playing a memorable role in a Gilbert & Sullivan production at the Comprehensive School. The pastoral care of his parishioners was always of prime importance to him and in 33 years in Clowne he estimates he baptised over 2000 people, conducted 1200 marriages and officiated at 3000 funerals. His affinity with local people has left him privileged to witness successive generation of families in joy, sorrow, success and failure. In the last few years he has suffered serious health problems and now feels it is time to give way to a younger person. Meanwhile he will stay in the Rectory for a few months, before exploring the rivers and canals of Britain and Europe in his cruiser. Happily we will see him from time to time as he intends to maintain an address in the village and keep in touch with friends. His last service as Rector was held on Easter Sunday 11th April, when his congregation presented him with a digital camera and lap top computer. It just remains for "The Newsletter" to thank him for his huge contribution to the well being of the Parish and to wish him a long and happy retirement. P.Linley - Edited by H.Wignell