THE congregation of Christchurch, Ilkley, said "goodbye" on Sunday, July 9 to the Rev Rob Hilton and his family as he moves to take new responsibilities with the Methodist Church in Alsager, Cheshire.

Presentations in appreciation of Rob's valuable contribution to the life of Christchurch over the past nine years were made, both at the Together at 10 worship and at a lively church family party the previous evening.

His successor, the Rev Roberts Topham, will be welcomed at the beginning of September.