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Sandringham has a new rector.

The Queen, Lord Howard of Rising and Edward Dawnay, together with the parish representatives and the Bishop of Norwich, have appointed the Reverend Canon Dr Paul Williams as the incumbant for the group.

He is currently the vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey in the diocese of Gloucester and will take up his post in September.

The Reverend Canon Dr Paul Williams is currently the Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey in the Diocese of Gloucester. He will take up his new post in Sandringham this September. (56553542)
The Reverend Canon Dr Paul Williams is currently the Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey in the Diocese of Gloucester. He will take up his new post in Sandringham this September. (56553542)

Dr Williams said: "Although I take with me many happy memories of my time in Tewkesbury and the diocese of Gloucester, I am greatly looking forward to joining the Sandringham group of parishes as together we worship and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord."

The Right Rev Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich said: "Canon Dr Paul Williams brings much from his experience at Tewkesbury Abbey and in Gloucestershire, and I am sure that his pastoral care and preaching will be appreciated by parishioners."

Sandringham's St Mary Magdalene Church is the one the Queen has attended at Christmas on her visits to the Estate.

Paul was born in Chatham, Kent and has attended the universities of St Andrews and Cambridge.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham (56553529)
St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham (56553529)

He trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House and after being appointed Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Paul served a curacy at St Stephen, Chatham in Kent, and an incumbency at St Augustine, Gillingham, before becoming personal chaplain to the Bishop of Rochester.

He moved to Tewkesbury in 2003, where he has been area dean and is honorary canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

As vice dean of the Priory of England and the Islands, Paul is closely associated with St John Ambulance.

Picture dated December 25th shows the Queen at the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham
Picture dated December 25th shows the Queen at the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

He is a commander of the order of St. John, a published author, and recently appointed deputy lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

He is married to Catherine, who is also a priest, and they have two adult children, Alice and Harry.



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