Aylsham’s new priest in charge officially welcomed with special service

Aylsham's parish church was packed with well wishers to welcome the town's new priest in charge, the Revd Andrew Beane.

Around 300 people filled the pews for Mr Beane's appointment during a licensing and installation service at St Michael and All Angels Church on Thursday evening.

The gathering was a 'big day' for the assembled congregation who had been without a priest in charge for eight months following the retirement of the Revd Bob Branson.

The service was led by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, who was assisted by The Archdeacon of Lynn, the Venerable John Ashe.

During the celebratory service Mr Beane was handed the key of the church and was invited to ring the bell, which summons people to worship.

Later in the proceedings members of the congregation both young and old presented him with Symbols of Ministry including a bible, a book of common prayer, a jug of oil and a challis.

Guests and clergy then enjoyed a 'loud and joyous' after service party.

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Mr Beane was born in Grimston and grew up in King's Lynn and before coming to Aylsham was rector of Spixworth, Crostwick and St Faiths.

He hit the headlines in 2007 when he dyed his hair after challenging his congregation to go Green for God.

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