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Mustard TV video: Jane Hedges to become first female Dean of Norwich in Cathedral’s 900 year history

16:51 07 February 2014

The first female Dean of Norwich, Rev Canon Jane Hedges. Picture: Denise Bradley

The first female Dean of Norwich, Rev Canon Jane Hedges. Picture: Denise Bradley

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For the first time in the Cathedral’s 900-year history a female reverend has been nominated as the next Dean of Norwich.

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The announcement was made this morning (Friday) by Downing Street and the Revd Canon Jane Hedges, who is currently Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey, will succeed the Very Revd Graham Smith, who retired last September.

Mrs Hedges, 58, will be installed as the Dean of Norwich at a special service held at the Cathedral on June 21.

The married mother-of-two she said: “My move will be both exciting and challenging. I am particularly looking forward to working with Bishop Graham and his senior staff team and getting to know Chapter colleagues and the community at the Cathedral as we explore together how to take forward its ministry within the Diocese in imaginative ways.

“My family and I are looking forward to getting to know people throughout the Diocese and to exploring the beautiful countryside and coast of East Anglia and to welcoming people to our home in the Deanery.”

Mrs Hedges trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham, in 1978, before women could be ordained as deacons and priests.

She was made a deaconess in 1980 and was ordained deacon when the Church of England changed its laws to allow female deacons in 1987. She was also one of the first women to be ordained priest in 1994.

She spent the early years of her ministry in parishes in Fareham and Southampton before becoming Stewardship Adviser in the Diocese of Portsmouth in 1988.

• Read more about Revd Canon Jane Hedges and her move to Norwich in tomorrow’s papers.

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