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Vicar tests positive for coronavirus

Hampstead Parish Church on Christmas Day

07 January, 2021 — By Tom Foot

A photo tweeted from the church at its Christmas service

HAMPSTEAD Parish Church’s vicar and its associate priest have tested positive for Covid-19.

Rev Jeremy Fletcher and Rev Jan Rushton are believed to have been infected over Christmas and anyone who had attended a service in Church Row should be tested and to also “pray for everyone affected by the pandemic”, according to a church bulletin.


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It added: “Both Jeremy Fletcher and Jan Rushton have tested positive for Covid-19, and the dates for possible infection include Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.”

Churches can stay open despite the lockdown restrictions being announced by the prime minister on Monday.

On Christmas Day, the parish had enjoyed a special service with Rev Fletcher and the Right Rev Rob Wickham, the Bishop of Edmonton, while December 27 was Holy Communion.

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