Parents, pupils and staff of St John’s Church of England Primary School in Wellington spent part of the morning with Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, during his visit to the town this week. Over coffee in the school hall he chatted with parents and staff – including St John’s Headmaster Gareth Johns and School Crossing Patrol Officer Mandy Wyatt – and was joined by St John the Baptist Church Team Rector, Revd Tim Treanor, and Team Vicar, Revd Steve Painting. The Bishop then joined the whole school community in its annual photograph.
Following his visit to St John’s he went to the Longforth Farm housing development to meet Wellington’s newly elected Mayor Janet Lloyd, members of the town council and representatives from Bloor Homes, one of the developers of the Longforth site.
The Bishop took up his duties in March 2014 followed by his installation in Wells Cathedral in June last year. A graduate in Natural Sciences before his ordination in 1980, he is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists and has an interest in the relationship between science and Christianity. He has a particular interest in the environment and in children and young people having undertaken youth work in parishes and organised venture holidays. He was also district scout chaplain and has a long association with scouting and guiding.
The visit to Wellington is one of his regular tours around his diocese. His Communication Manager Gillian Buzzard said, “The Bishop likes to get out into communities to meet people as much as possible.”