David told me recently that their time in Ely has been a very special one for them, and that they will miss the Diocese and especially all the people they have got to know very much.
Their farewell service will be in the Cathedral at 4pm on Sunday 23rd September, and everyone is very welcome indeed. Light refreshments will be provided, and we will present them with a suitable gift which Jean says will help pay for the dream trip to Vienna which they have always hoped to make. If you would like to contribute, cheques payable to the EDBF can be sent to Sheena Bridgman, the Office Manager, Ely Diocesan Office, Bishop Woodford House, Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DX
After the service, David and Jean will take a little time to pack and move, but I am sure you will understand that they will not be undertaking official duties after that date.
David and Jean’s new address (from 1st November) will be 31 Apple Grove, Hereford HR4 0EA. Their personal mobile numbers and email addresses continue as before.
I am profoundly grateful to God for my partnership in the gospel with Bishop David. He continues to be a huge support to me, as he is to clergy, lay ministers and parishes across the Diocese. We shall miss Bishop David and Jean very much, there will be a number of occasions in the coming months when we can express our thanks. Please make sure that Sunday, 23rd September is in your diary. The service will be for all who wish to attend.
I shall write again to set out the process for the appointment of Bishop David’s successor.
Yours ever in Christ
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway
Bishop of Ely