A popular Witney vicar has received a leading honour after ‘inspiring’ a whole community.
Rev Toby Wright was the worthy winner of this year’s Chairman’s Award in honour of his contribution to the west Oxfordshire community.
He was praised for bringing churchgoers and non-churchgoers together by hosting events such as the Witney Beer Festival, a food festival, political hustings and numerous concerts.
Norman Macrae, West Oxfordshire District Council chairman for the last four years, presented the award as his last duty in the role.
He said: “Toby is an extremely popular and highly respected parish priest whose service to the community is at the heart of his ministry.
“He sees the church as a vital part of local life and regularly opens its doors to host and welcome events that bring both churchgoers and non-churchgoers together
“His work and his commitment is an inspiration to all those who know and come in contact with him.”
Rev Wright has been a team rector and area dean in Witney since 2009. He looks after four churches covering Witney, Curbridge and Hailey.
He said it was ‘a great privilege’ to receive this award.