THE Rector of St Oswald’s Church in Malpas has been honoured in the naming of a guest suite at a new retirement living development in the town.

Canon Ian Davenport, 66, retired last month after a decade in the job.

He is also a Chaplain to the Queen and Rural Dean of Malpas.

The Cedars, in Old Hall Street, is being constructed by McCarthy Stone, which has named the guest suite ‘Davenport Suite’ in recognition of Canon Davenport’s contribution to the community and as a small gesture of appreciation for his work over the many years.

Emma O’Connor, sales executive for The Cedars said: “We know that all sorts of things are being organised by the people of Malpas to help mark Canon Davenport’s retirement so we wanted to part of this on some level and to show our appreciation, and on behalf of our customers whom many worship or are involved in some way with St Oswald’s Church.

“We hope the plaque will be seen as a sign of respect for all he has achieved and we wish him all the best of luck with his retirement.”

Canon Davenport went to The Cedars and was photographed outside due to Covid restrictions to reveal the new plaque in his name and to mark the guest suite open for visitors.

He said: “It has been a joy and privilege to be part of the community here in Malpas and to be able to help in some way over the years. I retire with very happy memories of my time here."

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