Created 17h March 2003
Revd Edward Ruskin
The following is based on a profile in the book "The Emmerdale Family Album" (by Michael Heatly and Published by Boxtree Paperback - 30 June, 1995 ):-
Far Left William ltockley came to St Mary's fiom AJkica, but didn't long.
Left The Rev. Edward Ruskin and bis u:zJb, Liz, made Beckindale their borne in the early Seventies.
In the space of a couple of years he buried not only Jacob, Annie's
husband, but her daughter Peggy and grandchildren Sam and Sally.
Far Left Drvid Couer -a short-lived 1977 appointment to tte Beckindale parisla.
Right The Rev. Donald Hinton pictured in pensive mood, with troublesome son, Clive.
Far Right Bob Jerome was sometimes seen at St Mary's as Donald Hinton's deputy.
Although much appreciated by his parishioners, he enjoyed uneasy relationships
with both son Clive (who, after visiting his father in 1978, was arrested
in Athens for gun-running), and daughter Barbara who, having left her
husband Brian in London in 1983, took a job as Alan Turuer's secretary
at NY Estates. She was more or less pushed into a relationship with
Joe Sugden after her father, who'd disclosed her'whereabouts to Brian,
turned her out when no reconciliation was forthcoming.
over the years: Dolly Acaster, when she was turned out of the Woolpack
by Amos, Pat Harker, and later, at the request of the police, her arsonist
son Jackie. The position of parish priest in Emmerdale is just as important
to the community as the Woolpack landlord. Indeed, and Hinton was not
averse to visiting the hostelry as part of his pastoral duties!
occasionally, by the returning Edward Ruskin. The Reverend Bill Jeffries
was appointed as assistant minister in 1982, but differences of opinion
ensured his stay was a short one. Though Hinton became rural dean that
year, he refused an appointment as Archdeacon, seeing it as a political
appointment that would take him away from his parishioners.
Far left Tony Charlton was undoubtedly Beckindale's dishiest vicar, but fell for the unavailable Kathy Merrick.
Left Bill JefJ?ies' laid-back style was one which his senior minister, Rev. Hinton, found difficult to accommodate and resulted in the former's swift departure from the parish.
Sadly, one oI Bis Ilrst
28th April 1983 HOTTEN COURIER Features
Right During the Eighties, Donald Hinton occasionally ventured into print in the pages of the
It's now six years since I was asked whether I would like to move to Beckindale: at the time I was unsure whether I would enjoy the peace and stability of a small village parish after the hurly-burly of the city. I imagined that I would no longer be involved in issues of great importance, but how wrong I was.
In a thriving community l;e Beckindale life is never dull. I have
found myself involved in a wide variety of activities very different
perhaps from those affecting an urban priest. When I was studying at
theological college nobody warned me that part of my function as a
parson would be to organize dog races, horticultural shows or lead
the parish's bid to win the best kept village in the Dales competition!
Equally, 1 had no idea of the passions and rivalry engendered on such
occasions: it is very much a part of a vicar's duty to direct these
strongly-felt passions along Christian paths and to represent the Christian
ethic even to those who do not even nominally call themselves Christians.