Baby is anniversary gift for village vicar

Hazel Allington and her husband and Stainforth vicar Andrew, are enjoying life with their new baby daughter Grace Joy. Picture: Liz Mockler D2995LM
Hazel Allington and her husband and Stainforth vicar Andrew, are enjoying life with their new baby daughter Grace Joy. Picture: Liz Mockler D2995LM

CRIES and giggles of a new baby can now be heard at Stainforth vicarage as the vicar and his wife celebrate the arrival of their baby girl.

Bouncing baby Grace Joy was born just 14 minutes before midnight on the day before Rev Andrew Allington and his wife Hazel celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

They tied the knot on July 9 last year at St Mary’s Church and 12 months on, Grace Joy arrived weighing a healthy 7lb and 8oz.

Proud dad Andrew, 55, said: “It’s certainly quite a change to make. I was still a bachelor at the age of 54 and now I’m married with a baby daughter.

“It is a massive adjustment but it’s all worth it for those father and daughter cuddles.”

Former model and action girl Hazel, 36, is getting to grips with being a mum, though says it can be a challenge and has involved some late-night internet searches.

“It’s a big learning curve and the workload is massive. There are just so many things to learn but it’s just wonderful to hear her giggling and playing,” she said.
“She’s really alert and she has been since she was born. Andrew loves to take her out and show her off and we’ve been getting a lot of attention.”

The couple both expressed their huge gratitude for all the presents they’ve been given by members of the congregation - with many items knitted and crocheted for their new arrival.

Hazel added: “Everyone has been incredibly supportive. We’ve also been really grateful for the support of both our mums.”

It’s a new life for Hazel, who was formerly a passionate fan of motorbikes, rollerblading and rock climbing, and lived in Sydney, Australia, for seven years crewing on luxury yachts.

She has always said that she doesn’t expect to conform to the role of a traditional vicar’s wife serving tea and scones.

Earlier this year, Hazel even set up her own business making her own brand of angels and fairies out of wool and selling them at craft stalls and markets.

She said: “I’ve had to abandon it for now as Grace Joy is going to be my priority but I’m sure I’ll be able to pick it up again further down the line.”