The Rev Edward Jacson, who has died in Shaftesbury at the age of 80, was a much-loved vicar living in North Dorset for nearly 40 years. He was vicar of Motcombe before moving with his wife Sara to Grove Farm House in Melbury Abbas where the couple hosted many meetings, retreats, and training days for local churches and other community groups.
Born in Shropshire, Edward endured schooling but enjoyed the adventure of National Service in the Navy. He was discharged in Gibraltar and chose to return home by hitch-hiking through Spain and France.
Edward could easily have settled into life running a family estate and he seemed destined to take that route when he went to train at the Royal Agricultural College , Cirencester. While there, he felt called to ordination and went to train at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Curacy in the Diocese of Gloucester followed and he held various posts including time as a youth chaplain for Gloucester city, and parish priest.
He moved to Motcombe in 1980 to work as part of a ministry team rather than in isolation, and in seven years formed many lasting friendships.
Edward welcomed people, offering coffee and inviting guests to make full use of the house and garden. Leaving full-time ministry in 1987 he enjoyed visiting other churches in the area, leading services wherever needed.
Cancer struck in his 60th year and the following two decades were a time of slowing down, with periods of reasonable health interrupted by more health scares.
Throughout it all, Edward maintained a deep interest in the local community.
Edward’s funeral is on Wednesday, September 18, at 11.30am at St James’s Church, Shaftesbury.