Winchester set to have new bishop

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A NEW Bishop of Winchester Cathedral is to be consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral today.

The Revd Canon Timothy Dakin be formally ordained a bishop at a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the London-based cathedral, before being enthroned in Winchester Cathedral and welcomed as the 97th Bishop of Winchester in April.

Revd Dakin, who has spent 12 years as General Secretary of the Church Mission Society, will be following in the footsteps of the 94th Bishop of Winchester, John V Taylor (1974-84), who was also General Secretary of CMS prior to assuming the role.

Andrew Robinson, chief executive of the Diocese of Winchester, said he was very much looking forward to working with the new Bishop.

‘Canon Tim is joining the diocese at a time of great opportunity for growth and development,’ Andrew said.

‘His skills demonstrated through his time at CMS mean he is ideally suited to leading the Diocese of Winchester over the coming years.’

At today’s ceremony, Revd Dakin will be supported by hundreds of congregation members who will make the journey in a fleet of subsidised coaches travelling from all corners of the Diocese of Winchester.

The Suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke, The Rt Revd Peter Hancock, who has led the diocese during the vacancy, said: ‘I am delighted that Tim is to be consecrated as a Bishop in the Church of England.

‘His contribution as a theologian, especially in the area of mission, has been widely recognised and I am sure he will help us to engage more effectively with the communities, parishes and people that we seek to serve.’

Revd Dakin is set to move Winchester from Berkshire with his wife Sally – a midwife and also an associate priest – and their two children Anna, 21, and Johnn, 16.