METHODIST minister Malcolm Hickox is leaving Salisbury after eight years.

His final service will be at the Salisbury Methodist Church at 10.30am on Sunday, July 29, with farewell services to be held around the Methodist circuit, which covers chapels from Amesbury to Fordingbridge on Sunday.

Mr Hickox, who is leaving to take up a position in Lancashire, has seen the church, in St Edmund Church Street, celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2009, an occasion which the Salisbury Civic Society marked with a blue plaque.

He has advanced ecumenical cooperation with St Thomas’s and the United Reformed churches; each congregation now shares Sunday services regularly and unites in Messy Church, a new expression of Christianity involving families.

And his wife, Christine, has been actively engaged in work among young people attached to the church.