Bishop on fact-finding tour of North Devon

THE Bishop of Exeter will be making a wide ranging four day tour of North Devon next week. The Right Reverend Michael Langrish will be meeting local people, hearing about issues in the area and making public appearances as part of the 1100th anniversary

THE Bishop of Exeter will be making a wide ranging four day tour of North Devon next week.The Right Reverend Michael Langrish will be meeting local people, hearing about issues in the area and making public appearances as part of the 1100th anniversary of the Diocese of Exeter. A busy schedule includes meeting RAF Search and Rescue flight crews at Chivenor and possibly a flight in a Sea King helicopter.He will meet members of the farming community at the Crown Inn, West Down on Thursday, tour Ilfracombe harbour to hear about regeneration, economy and ferry plans. Later he will meet the town's Street Pastors.That evening he will officiate at a Confirmation Service at Holy Trinity Church, Ilfracombe. It is not only an 1100th anniversary event but a chance for Bishop Michael to hear more about local issues - he will be joining local police on a night-time patrol in Barnstaple and meeting with North Devon Plus members to hear how the credit crunch is affecting the region."There has never been such a large visit as this before," said Marguerite Shapland, lay chairman of Barnstaple Deanery who is co-ordinating the tour."It's very much a learning visit about North Devon issues and which we hope will lead to him building up contacts as a future conduit for information."The visit includes a walk-about in Barnstaple Pannier Market at mid morning on Friday and later a visit to the Gateway Project run by Barnstaple Poverty Action Group. Further visits include Braunton School for a question and answer session with pupils, calling in at St George's Christian Outdoor Activity Centre in Georgeham and a walk from Putsborough Beach to Woolacombe on Saturday.Saturday evening will see a public church service held at St Peter's in Barnstaple.On Sunday, May 3, the Bishop will be joining the congregation and anyone else who would like to attend for the 9.45am service at St Brannock's Parish Church in Braunton, followed by a lunch organised by the parish.


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