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Anniversary service to celebrate 50-year link between diocese of Norwich and Papua New Guinea

PUBLISHED: 17:55 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:16 23 January 2018

A woman from Papua New Guinea wearing traditional clothing. Photo: Diocese of Norwich

A woman from Papua New Guinea wearing traditional clothing. Photo: Diocese of Norwich

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A special anniversary service will celebrate the 50-year link between the diocese of Norwich and the Anglican church in Papua New Guinea.

The event takes place at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday, January 28, at 3.30pm.

The link stems from bishop David Hand, who grew up in Tatterford, Norfolk, where his father was the local rector.

In 1946 he went as a missionary to Papua New Guinea and became bishop in 1950. He organised the transition of Papua New Guinea from a diocese within the province of Queensland, Australia, to a province of its own in 1977 and became its first archbishop.

During a visit home, he met with the then bishop of Norwich, Launcelot Fleming, and the Norwich to Papua New Guinea link was started. It is now the longest continuous link of any Church of England diocese.

Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be refreshment afterwards.

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