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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

Bishop's move from Palace backed by Commissioners

The Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners has given its backing to plans by the Bishop of Bath and Wells to move out of the Bishops Palace and into a temporary residence.

It comes despite opposition which saw a protest petition from Wells MP Tessa Munt presented to the General Synod earlier this month.

The Commissioners said "the ministry of the new Bishop should not be encumbered or restricted by being housed in a place with a high level of public access."

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