The longest serving incumbent in the Ripon and Leeds diocese of the Church of England retires at the end of this month. Revd Canon Alan Taylor, Vicar of St Aidan’s church in Harehills, Leeds will celebrate his last service in the church on Sunday 25th November on the feast of Christ the King. ‘It is an appropriate time,’ he says, ‘coming at the end of the church’s year.’ Many of his colleagues and friends are expected to attend.
Canon Taylor, who is 69, was born in Wakefield but was brought up and went to school in Hunslet in south Leeds. From school he worked as a clerk at Yorkshire Imperial Metals and later as a postman in his home district. He undertook training as a priest at Chichester Theological College and was admitted as a deacon in the Anglican Church in 1969 and a priest the following year. He held posts in the Liverpool diocese and returned to his home city in 1984 as Vicar of St Aidan’s.
During his 28 years there he has played a major part in the work of both the church and the wider community. He was appointed an honorary canon of Ripon in 1998 and in the same year became assistant area dean of Allerton deanery and in 2007 dean. He was elected to Leeds city council in 1999 as a Liberal Democrat for the Gipton and Harehills ward. He has twice undertaken high office; as Deputy Lord Mayor and, in his last year on the council, as Lord Mayor.
His major love is nature and the great outdoors and in particular the study of birds being a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Add to this he claims to enjoy the theatre, the music of Gilbert and Sullivan and ‘walking the dog’.
More from Canon Alan Taylor on 0113 248 6992 or Barrie Pepper on 0113 265 8595
9th November, 2012