Revd Catherine Relf-Pennington is formally welcomed into her new role at vicar at Wymondham Abbey

The Rev Catherine Relf-Pennington has become the first female vicar of Wymondham Abbey. Picture: WYM

The Rev Catherine Relf-Pennington has become the first female vicar of Wymondham Abbey. Picture: WYMONDHAM ABBEY - Credit: Archant

The new vicar of Wymondham Abbey has been officially welcomed into her new role with a collation service at the historic church.

Wymondham Abbey head churchwarden Bernard Douglass with Catherine Relf-Pennington, the next vicar of

Wymondham Abbey head churchwarden Bernard Douglass with Catherine Relf-Pennington, the next vicar of the church. Picture: WYMONDHAM ABBEY - Credit: Archant

About 250 people were at the service for Revd Catherine Relf-Pennington, who has become the abbey's 60th vicar following the retirement of Revd Canon Christopher Davies.

She said the atmosphere at the event was 'joyful'.

She said: 'It was encouraging,warm and very supportive.

'There were lots of people there which is really nice, especially since it was so soon after Easter.

'With any community position, you need the support of the community to make it work.'


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The Wymondham Abbey Choir and a group of children sang at the service on Thursday evening. Revd Relf-Pennington was appointed to the role of associate vicar at Wymondham Abbey in 2013, so is already a familiar figure around the town.

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