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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.