Yorkshire CCC say farewell at the end of September to Canon Max Wigley who has been the Club’s chaplain for the past 15 years.

Succeeding him as chaplain is the Right Reverend Chris Edmondson, the former Bishop of Bolton, who lives at Apperley Bridge on the outskirts of Leeds.

Both men were at Emerald Headingley last week when they and Max’s wife, Judith, were guests of the Club, and Max was presented with the White Rose emblem on a shield and a copy of Paul Dyson’s recent book, Who’s Who of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Judith received a bouquet of flowers.

Max recently celebrated his 80th birthday and the couple are shortly to move to Buckinghamshire where they will be nearer their family.

Their son, David, played in one Championship match for Yorkshire in 2002 and then had spells with Loughborough UCCE and Worcestershire before enjoying greater success at Northamptonshire.

Born in Selby, Max has lived in and around Yorkshire all his life and he and Judith will be moving to Buckinghamshire from Baildon.

A curate at Upton on the Wirral and then Gateacre in Liverpool during the 1960s, Max was vicar of St. John’s Church, Great Horton, from 1969-1988 during which during time he was a pace bowler for Great Horton in the Bradford League. From 1988-1996 he was vicar of Pudsey St Lawrence and from 1996-2003 vicar of Yeadon St John’s.

Chris was Bishop of Bolton for eight years until his retirement in 2016 when he became an honorary assistance bishop in the diocese of Leeds. He was educated at St. John’s College, Durham University, and ordained in 1974, beginning his ecclesiastical career as curate at Kirkheaton and later serving as warden of Lee Abbey, Lynton, Devon.

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