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Archbishop welcomes new Bishop of Dover

The Archbishop with the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott

Monday 5th October 2009

The Rt Rev Trevor Willmott has been confirmed as the new Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury. Bishop Trevor, who has been the Bishop of Basingstoke since 2002, will take delegated responsibility for the oversight of the Diocese of Canterbury on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

The Archbishop of Canterbury introduced the new Bishop of Dover at Chalkpit Farm in Bekesborne, where Bishop Trevor outlined ways that the church and rural communities can successfully work together.

Commenting on Bishop Trevor's appointment, Archbishop Rowan said: "I am very pleased indeed to welcome Bishop Trevor to the Diocese.  He is an experienced pastor, with a powerful vision for the Church in contemporary society, and also a wise and reflective person who will bring great depth to our conversations and plans in Canterbury.  I hope he and Margaret will be very happy here, and greatly look forward to our work together."

Recalling when he received the news of his appointment (via a telephone call from the Archbishop of Canterbury) Bishop Trevor described his reaction: "My first reaction was of absolute joy and delight but also of unworthiness that the Archbishop of Canterbury should consider me for this important role."

Bishop Trevor, who describes himself as "a real foodie who enjoys cooking", says he is looking forward to living in Kent – particularly eating oysters at Whitstable, drinking fine English wine from the Weald and visiting the Hop Festival at Faversham! Bishop Trevor's other interests include gardening and sport and he is anticipating many happy hours following the progress of the Kent Cricket Club.

Bishop Trevor will be installed and welcomed as Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury on Saturday 6th February at Canterbury Cathedral.

The appointment of Bishop Trevor follows the announcement of the intention to retire at the end of November by the current Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Dr Stephen Venner.

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