The Isles of Scilly's Methodist Minister has given his last sermon and will leave the islands on Friday. 

Rev Charlie Gibb, who has been on Scilly with his wife Mary for seven years, is retiring and moving back to Norfolk, their previous home and where Mary was raised. 


He said: "I'm sure I’ll find something to do but I’m officially retired. In Methodism they don’t call it retired, you’re not allowed to retire. They call it ‘sitting down’. You have to ask permission to sit down and I’ve been given permission."


Charlie described his last sermon on Sunday as "poignant" but said he is used to saying goodbye as he has moved around so many times with his job.

He said: "People always say you’re so lucky to live on the Isles of Scilly but we never asked to live here in the first place. We were hoping to move to Berwick-upon-Tweed but we were told no, you've got to come here. 


"We didn’t know what we were coming to. I always say that when it’s good it’s very good and when it’s bad... well I won’t say too much about that. That’s how I feel about the islands. When it’s good it’s fantastic, and when things aren’t so good, it can be more intense, shall we say, because of the closeness of the community."


However, he added: "We’ve really enjoyed living here. I can’t imagine we’ll ever come back on holiday, we’re not great holidaymakers really. We would never have come here on holiday before. But I have enjoyed it; there are some fantastic people here and there are some very generous people who quietly do a lot of good."


Read more from Charlie in the next issue of Scilly Now & Then.

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