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Farewell service for retiring bishop

The 78th Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, is retiring from his position as head of the diocese.

A special farewell service is being held at Wells Cathedral this afternoon.

The bishop, who is now 69, has served in the role for nearly 11 years.

Bishop Peter has been a great leader of the staff team and personally a great encouragement to me.

I‘m especially grateful for his energy and his ideas and for his commitment to the cause of Christ.

– The Archdeacon of Bath, the Venerable Andy Piggott

Bishop Peter has maintained an unerring determination to keep in front of us the message of Jesus Christ in which lies the timeless call to reconciliation, justice and peace between all people and with their Creator, God.

– The Archdeacon of Taunton, the Venerable John Reed

Bishop Peter has energetically led this diocese by his passionate commitment to make the Christian gospel relevant and adventurous in our times.

His gifts as a brilliant teacher and communicator have been widely appreciated.

– The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan

Your messages of luck to Bishop Peter Price


We have shared many experiences together, some sad, some joyful, but all memorable he has been a true companion in the gospel #farewellpeter


Will be with you in spirit though physically in Rome. Hope the day goes well. #farewellpeter @bathwells @bathwellschap


My memory of Bishop Peter Price is his lovely smile.. thank you for being a part of my world #farewellpeter.. x

More messages of luck and memories here.


Service to bid farewell to the Bishop of Bath & Wells

The Rt Revd Peter Price has served for nearly 11 years Credit: ITV News West Country

A special service to say goodbye to the 78th Bishop of Bath and Wells takes place today. The Rt Revd Peter Price, is to retire from his position as head of the diocese. The service at Wells Cathedral, starts at 2pm, with a party on the Green afterwards

The Bishop, who is now 69, has served in the role for nearly 11 years. During his tenure, he spent many years serving in the House of Lords where he took particular interest in international aid and foreign affairs.

He is now due to take up a new role with Conciliation Resources, an international charity working for reconciliation in areas of war and conflict.


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Seven cygnets have been hatched to the residents of the Bishop's Palace moat in Wells. It is hoped that they will one day carry on the tradition of ringing a bell in the palace for food but for now here they are in all their fluffy wonder.

The video is taken from a special "Swan Cam" set up by the Bishop's Palace. You can keep up to date with the new arrivals here.

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