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New Bishop 'coming here with 'L' plates'

I've spent the last 12 years in Sheffield. All three of my children were born there and have good Yorkshire accents.

We are running a little competition in the family to see who will be the first to develop a good Gloucestershire accent.

I now want to learn about the people and places of this very historic diocese.

I shall have to learn about the places and also about what it means to be a Bishop in the Church of England.

I am coming here with 'L' plates, if you like."

– Venerable Martyn Snow, Bishop of Tewkesbury.

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Bishop of Tewkesbury is youngest in the country

The Venerable Martyn Snow, Bishop of Tewkesbury. Credit: Diocese of Gloucester

The Church of England has appointed its youngest Bishop.

The Venerable Martyn Snow, 45, is the new Bishop of Tewkesbury.

His appointment was marked with a ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral attended by his family.

He will be ordained and consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey in September.

Bishop of Tewkesbury to retire next year

The Rt Revd John Went will be retiring as Bishop of Tewkesbury in 2013 Credit: Diocese of Gloucester

The Bishop Suffragen of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd John Went has announced that he will retire at the beginning of March.

He and his wife Rosemary have served under two Bishops of Gloucester. Bishop John says:

“As Rosemary and I approach 17 years in the Diocese of Gloucester we look back with great joy on our time in this wonderful part of the world. We shall both miss the busy and richly varied life of a bishop, but after 17 years look forward to a fresh challenge and fresh opportunities.”

Bishop John will return to parish ministry in Buckinghamshire.

A process now begins to explore whether there should be a new Bishop Suffragan of Tewkesbury.