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Wells Cathedral statement

A spokesman for Wells Cathedral said the 68-year-old woman was part of a tour group of around a dozen, accompanied by two guides.

The emergency services did a fantastic job.She fell inside the cathedral but they took her out through the top of the roof.

A group of 12 adults were undertaking the final stage of a standard Cathedral high parts tour. While the group was undertaking a briefing within this space, an incident occurred to one of the party members.

The cathedral's emergency procedure was immediately put into operation.

No details are yet available as to how the incident occurred but all further high parts tours and cathedral tower tours are cancelled until further notice while a review of the incident takes place.

– Wells Cathedral spokesperson


Helicopter rescues Cathedral woman

A woman has been winched up by a helicopter after falling around 20 to 30ft between two turrets of a cathedral.

The casualty, who is thought to be in her 60s, is believed to have been on a tour of Wells Cathedral in Somerset when she fell shortly after midday.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said a helicopter from RAF Kinloss in the north of Scotland airlifted the woman to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with what are believed to be arm and pelvic injuries.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said appliances from Wells, Shepton Mallet, Bridgwater and Street were sent to the scene and worked alongside paramedics and a doctor.


Rescue operation underway at Wells Cathedral

A rescue operation is underway in Wells after a woman reportedly fell 30 feet from the top of the Cathedral.

She's believed to be in her 60s, and is said to have been with a group of 12 other people taking part in a tour around Wells Cathedral before the incident happened.

The woman is described as being 'wedged between two turrets' but not seriously injured.

Meeting on controversial Bishop's move

The Bishop's Palace in Wells Credit: ITV News West Country

An official Church of England committee is meeting at the Bishop's Palace in Wells today to hear objections about plans to move the Bishop to a new residence in Croscombe.

The Church Commissioners had decided it would be more cost-effective to rehouse the Bishop away from the ancient palace. But the decision's unpopular with traditionalists and today's committee could block the move if it finds their objections are valid

Statement from The Palace Trust

The Palace Trust is very disappointed to hear today’s announcement by the Church Commissioners’ that the next Bishop of Bath & Wells will not live on site at The Bishop’s Palace.

We are in support of the Diocese of Bath & Wells as they await formal notification of the Church Commissioners’ decision to be sent to the Bishop’s Council, who will have a special meeting to consider the Diocese’s response.

It is understood that the Bishop’s Council has 28 days to respond to the Church Commissioners regarding living arrangements.

The Palace Trust still believes that having the bishop reside on site is important to our future as a heritage destination of significant national importance.

A Statement of Need for the new bishop recommended that “the bishop will need to develop a new, and less demanding, relationship with The Palace Trust, in order to be able to focus better on the life of the wider diocese”.

The Palace Trust does not agree that a change in the bishop’s residence has to happen for this to take place.

It is hoped that The Palace Trust will be directly and adequately represented on any consultation group arranged to discuss the future use of the bishop’s apartment.

– The Palace Trust
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