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Dean of Jersey to leave the island in February

The Dean of Jersey, The Very Reverend Robert Key, is stepping down from the role.

The island's head of the Anglican church will leave at the end of February 2017, to become part of the Archbishops’ Evangelism Task Group.

He will also be part of the team working on a new strategy for mission and evangelism.

While I’m sorry that Bob and Daphne will be leaving our immediate fellowship, I’m delighted that his particular gifts in evangelism will continue to be available both in the wider life of our Church in the UK and within the Diocese of Bath & Wells. During his time in Jersey, he has been instrumental in helping to build the confidence of our Church, both in its witness and service of the wider community. We are all deeply grateful for all that Bob and Daphne have given so generously of themselves in the support and encouragement of others.

– The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover
The Very Reverend Robert Key, Dean of Jersey


Archbishop of Canterbury apologises to Jersey's Dean for abuse probe

The Archbishop of Canterbury has formally apologised to the Dean of Jersey for years of "hurt" following an investigation into allegations of abuse in the church in the island.

The Dean's handling of a complaint from a parishioner about abuse she claimed she suffered at the hands of a senior figure in the church was the subject of a formal investigation, and led to the breakdown of relations between the Jersey church and the Winchester Diocese to which it officially belongs.

Jersey is currently being 'managed', instead, by the Bishop of Dover.

Today, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby has written to Jersey's Bailiff, in which he acknowledges the "enormous personal stress hurt and uncertainty" suffered by Bob Key and his wife Daphne.

It's also been confirmed that the investigation led by Dame Heather Steel is not being made public, and will not be made available to the Bailiff - against expectation.

Instead it will feed into a wider review of safeguarding in the church in Jersey which is being carried out by Bishop John Gladwin, which has yet to be completed.

The Dean has told ITV News he "warmly welcomed the sincere apology on behalf of the Church of England for the hurt and treatment we have received in he last three years".

The Bishop of Winchester says he has apologised to the parishioner involved in the abuse claims.

Last week, I sent a private apology to the survivor, regarding the abuse complaint she made in Jersey in 2008. I have offered to repeat my apology face-to-face, and to discuss the help and support we have available, although recognise fully that she may not want any of this.

I have also apologised to the survivor that my efforts over the last few years in investigating her case have caused her further distress.

This was never my intention. Therefore, I have given her my assurances that, when I do come to consider recommendations from the Visitation and how to act upon them, I will only focus on broader safeguarding practices and not cite this particular case. I have similarly promised that further details from the Steel Investigation will not be published.

– Bishop of Winchester

Street food to encourage more shoppers in St Helier?

It is hoped islanders in Jersey will choose to dine al fresco this evening.

Caterers are setting up stalls in various spots in town, for the first 'Street Food Thursday.'

Islanders are promised choices ranging from Mexican and Thai style food to hot dogs and cupcakes

The initiative has been set up, with the hope it can encourage more people to make the most of longer opening hours in St Helier.

Street food in St Helier
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