Statement from the Bishop of Taunton and senior staff of the Diocese of Bath & Wells re: Bishop of Bath & Wells accommodation
“The Diocese wishes to express publicly its opposition to the Church Commissioners’ decision that the next Bishop of Bath & Wells will not live at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells.
Despite ample time and opportunity, the Church Commissioners have failed to undertake effective consultation at a local level. Instead they have taken a unilateral decision which has, sadly, cast a shadow over the announcement of our next Bishop.
Based on the scarce information made available to us by the Commissioners, the Diocese cannot support their decision. If there is a persuasive case for the move, it has yet to be made.
We call upon the Church Commissioners to allow the next Bishop of Bath & Wells to begin his new role in residence at the Palace whilst a full and proper consultation about the long-term plans for the Bishop’s residence and office arrangements takes place.”
Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton
The Ven Nicola Sullivan, Archdeacon of Wells
The Ven John Reed, Archdeacon of Taunton
The Ven Andy Piggott, Archdeacon of Bath
Revd Preb Stephen Lynas, Bishop’s Chaplain
Preb Dr Catherine Wright, Dean of Women Clergy
Nick Denison, Diocesan Secretary
Harry Musselwhite, Chair of the Board of Finance
Local MP Tessa Munt visited St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury on Friday to present the a group of students with certificates following a visit to Parliament in December.
“It was great to see the students and staff again on Friday. I talked to them about what I do – both in Westminster and in and around Glastonbury, and as always, the group had questions about how our Parliamentary system works. Visiting schools is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job and I love welcoming students to Parliament to have a look round, explain my job and listen to their ideas.”
21st January 2014
Last week, local MP Tessa Munt requested that Sir Tony Baldry, who answers to Parliament for the actions of the Church Commissioners, attends a public meeting in Wells to listen to her constituent’s concerns about the Church Commissioners’ decision to move the new Bishop’s living accommodation away from the City.
The location date and time have now been confirmed as Wells Museum, Saturday 25th January between 12.00 and 13.30. Residents are invited to attend. Tea and coffee will be served and the meeting will finish at 13.30 promptly.
If you would like any information do not hesitate to write to or email Tessa at the addresses below:
Office of Tessa Munt MP
16th January 2014
Yesterday, local MP Tessa Munt met with Sir Tony Baldry MP, who answers to Parliament for the actions of the Church Commissioners, and Andrew Brown, Secretary to the Church Commissioners in Parliament.
Tessa took the opportunity to summarise her constituents’ concerns about the decision to move the new Bishop’s living accommodation away from the City, the historic home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for some 800 years.Read more