A Vicar's Life

Series 1 - Episode 5



An ageing congregation presents the clergy of Hereford diocese with two problems. Team rector Matthew Stafford is keen for the church to offer pastoral support to those with dementia. It turns out that his father-in-law Charlie has the condition – one that affects 850,000 across the UK. And it also means that the church has to work hard to connect with young people – even if it’s on a heavy night out.
Father Matthew Cashmore – in many ways the series’ poster boy – trains in first aid as a street pastor (volunteers can save 24 ambulance calls a month). It’s the kind of pragmatic support that may surprise many.


In Shropshire, Fr Matthew Stafford is determined to meet the needs of an increasingly ageing population and finds time to visit a couple struggling with dementia. In Hereford, Fr Matthew Cashmore ministers to the other end of the age spectrum in Hereford, joining the local team of street pastors who take care those needing help after a heavy night out. In the Black Mountains, vicar Nicholas Lowton keeps a check on the elderly in his scattered parish and visits a local lunch club initiative that has made a real difference to people's lives. Narrated by Jan Ravens.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Jan Ravens
Executive Producer Jo Roe
Series Producer James Routh