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Special service welcomes the first female Dean of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:53 23 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:54 23 June 2014

The Ven Dr Jane Hedges after her installation as the first woman Dean of Norwich in the Cathedral on Saturday. Photo: Bill Smith

The Ven Dr Jane Hedges after her installation as the first woman Dean of Norwich in the Cathedral on Saturday. Photo: Bill Smith

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The great and the good of Norfolk turned out for a very special service at Norwich Cathedral which saw the Ven Jane Hedges installed as the first female Dean of Norwich.

Previously, the Archdeacon of Westminster and Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey, she has been made the 39th Dean of Norwich and succeeds the Very Rev Graham Smith, who retired last year. General the Lord Dannatt, former head of the British Army, his wife Lady Dannatt, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Richard Jewson and the Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk, Sir Timothy and Lady Mary Colman were among those to attend the ceremony on Saturday afternoon. During the ceremony, the new dean was blessed by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, and welcomed by civic and community leaders before being installed by the Precentor and Vice-Dean of Norwich Cathedral, Canon Jeremy Haselock. She was then welcomed by the Cathedral Chapter and anointed by the bishop. As previously reported, the incoming Dean, 59, said Norfolk already feels like home to her and that she is looking forward to getting started in her new role.“It’s enormously exciting, because having lived here now for about three weeks I’m keen to get going really. I look forward to getting to know people around the city and the county and the diocese, and working with the bishop,” she said. The new dean said she felt blessed to have inherited Norwich Cathedral, which she described as an “extraordinarily beautiful building”, and said she hoped to build on the great work already taking place and to welcome a wide range of people to events at the cathedral.“I think cathedrals are very well placed to bring people from different parts of the community together and to help people make connections,” she said. Among other things, she hopes to build on the cathedral’s existing education and music opportunities.

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