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Church of England's most senior woman bishop says Easter is "message of hope"

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: ITV News

The Church of England's most senior woman bishop has given her Easter message.

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester.

She takes over the role from The Right Reverend Michael Perham, who retired in November.

She says celebrating the resurrection of Christ is a time for reflection and hope.

"That is at the core of the Christian message which is that Jesus died for all of us out of love, but Jesus rose again, and therefore the Christian message is one of enormous hope - so that's the key message of Easter Day and one I hope we'll be sharing across the diocese all year round."

– The Venerable Rachel Treweek


First female Diocesan Bishop chosen for Gloucester

The first female diocesan bishop has been appointed by the Church of England.

Archdeacon Treweek gives a press conference as the announcement is made Credit: ITV News

The new Bishop of Gloucester will be Rachel Treweek, who is currently the Archdeacon of Hackney in the London Diocese.

She takes on the role after The Right Reverend Michael Perham retired in November.

Rachel Treweek is the Church of England's third female bishop Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Archdeacon Treweek becomes the third female bishop. The 52-year-old has been given a more senior position than the junior, or suffragan, posts two women have so far been given. Her role means she is the first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords.

Archdeacon Treweek gives a press conference as the announcement is made Credit: ITV News

After the announcement Archdeacon Treweek said:

It is an immense joy and privilege to be appointed as the Bishop of Gloucester. I am surprised and, I have to admit, even a little daunted by the prospect, but my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement to be coming to join with others in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this diocese.

I am looking forward to encouraging Christians to speak out with confidence about their faith and the good news that the Gospel brings. It will be my privilege to work with churches as we connect with people, wherever they are and whatever their concerns.

My calling to the role of bishop has been shaped by human encounter. I believe profoundly that relationship is at the heart of who God is. I have been with people through the joys and pains of their lives and it is these experiences that I will reflect upon as I take up this new role.

– Rachel Treweek

The Church of England's first woman bishop is the Rt Rev Libby Lane, who was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster in January.

Rachel Treweek will be the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Designs released for proposed Gloucester Cathedral revamp

New design for the Cathedral green Credit: Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral are asking for the public's views after releasing designs for their major £6million development project.

The revamp, dubbed Project Pilgrim, include plans for a new glass entrance, an exhibition area, and removing the car park to create a public space in the Cathedral grounds.

The Cathedral was able to create the plans after being awarded a Heritage Grant of £320,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Gloucester Cathedral is a place for everyone so it is important that the people of the City and County have an opportunity to let us know what they think of the changes we are proposing to make to their Cathedral. We invite everyone to help to shape the project by taking part in this important consultation.

– The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester
The Lady Chapel Credit: Gloucester Cathedral
Tribune Gallery exhibition design Credit: Gloucester Cathedral
Credit: Gloucester Cathedral


We go Sherlock spotting in Gloucester

Filming for the new series of Sherlock has been taking place across the West Country.

Earlier this week, the cameras were at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol and today, shooting for the hugely popular BBC drama had moved to Gloucester Cathedral.

Crowds queued up to catch a glimpse of the show's stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - and, as you can see in the clip below, our cameraman spotted Mark Gatiss, who plays Sherlock's brother Mycroft.

Bishop of Gloucester interviewed over alleged indecent assaults

The Bishop of Gloucester Right Rev Michael Perham has been interviewed by police today on suspicion of indecently assaulting a woman and a girl more than thirty years ago.

Bishop Michael, 66, attended a police station in Gloucestershire today to be interviewed about the allegations which date back to 1980 and 1981.

The investigation is being run by the Metropolitan Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The Right Rev Michael Perham, Bishop of Gloucester Credit: Press Assocation

A 66 year old man today attended a police station in Gloucestershire by appointment and was interviewed on suspicion of indecent assault of a child aged under 18 and indecent assault of a second female aged over 18.

He was not arrested.

The alleged incidents are said to have occurred between 1980 and 1981 and are being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command. Enquiries continue.

– Metropolitan Police

Today's police announcement follows a brief statement from the Gloucester Diocese last weekend saying Bishop Michael was 'stepping down' from his post for 'personal reasons.'

There has since been no further comment from the diocese except to say that steps are being taken for the Bishop of Tewkesbury, Right Rev Martyn Snow, to take over his duties.

Bishop Michael, who has served as Bishop of Gloucester for almost ten years and was due to retire on his 67th birthday on Nov 8, did not fulfil an engagement to take part in a major World War One centenary service at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday.

A service to say farewell to Bishop Michael had been organised for his birthday at the cathedral but it now appears that will not be going ahead.

Gloucester pays tribute to WW1 fallen

Gloucester Cathedral has been paying tribute to Gloucestershire's fallen on the National Day for Commemoration of the start of the Great War.

From 09.00am today the names of Gloucestershire’s fallen are being read out in the Cathedral’s fifteenth century Lady Chapel where a new stained glass window commemorating the life and works of WW1 poet and composer, Ivor Gurney can also be seen.

Gloucester Cathedral Credit: ITV West Country
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