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Revd.Canon Anne Gell to be
Archdeacon of Wells

Rev.Canon Anne Gell has been vicar of St.Peter’s Wrecclesham since 2005.  In January 2017, it was announced that she has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Wells.

Rev Canon Anne Gell

Anne took up her new post after Easter 2017, becoming one of three archdeacons in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Anne moved with husband Simon and the family to the Archdeacon’s house, which has a lovely view of the west end of Wells cathedral.

She is also a Residentiary Canon at the cathedral.  This means having additional duties to perform there, including taking occasional services.

Commenting on the appointment, the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, said:

“It is with great joy that I announce Anne’s appointment.  She is coming to the diocese at an exciting time and will bring warmth and enthusiasm, pastoral skills and prayerfulness to this post.  Anne is a wise and experienced parish priest and Area Dean with a deep desire to support the flourishing of all God’s people.  As the next Archdeacon of Wells she will be involved in helping benefices, schools and chaplaincies in living and sharing the good news of Jesus.”

In announcing the news Anne said:

“I feel very privileged and deeply humbled to have been appointed to these roles, and I look forward to being able to serve, and to support and enable ministry in both of them.  It is an exciting prospect to be joining Bishop Peter’s staff team and the Cathedral Chapter at a time of renewed energy and vision, and to be helping to encourage and resource the outworking of that vision in parishes, schools and chaplaincies.

“I will, of course, be very sad to leave my colleagues and friends in Wrecclesham and in the wider Diocese of Guildford — but I’m very much looking forward to moving to Somerset and getting to know the people and parishes of the Wells archdeaconry and the Cathedral community.”

The parishioners of Wrecclesham will be very sorry to let Anne go, but will make the most of her remaining time with them, wishing her and all the family every blessing in their new lives in the west country.

(Information and pictures from Wrecclesham Parish and Wells Diocesan web-sites)

St.Peters Wrecclesham (1)
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