Leading West Sussex clergyman decides to call it a day

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THE Dean of Chichester has announced he plans to retire from his post next year.

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling will step down from active ministry at the end of February.

His last service at Chichester Cathedral will take place on February 2 and he will officially retire on February 28.

He said: ‘Anno Domini catches up with all of us and it will be a great wrench to leave the cathedral, but it will be very much business as usual for me until February.’

The 69-year-old has been in the post since September 2002.

A decade ago he hosted Prince Charles on a visit to the cathedral.

The prince viewed refurbishment work at the cathedral and met people who had donated thousands of pounds each towards its restoration.

And in March this year, the dean welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to Chichester.

A former prison welfare officer, the dean has spent time studying the relationship between Britain and Ireland. His book, Pardon and Peace, was published in 1993.