Bishop gets out and about in Garstang

Bruce Crowther of The Fig Tree, chatting with Bishop Julian Henderson and his wife Heather Henderson
Bruce Crowther of The Fig Tree, chatting with Bishop Julian Henderson and his wife Heather Henderson

Lancashire’s new Bishop, the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson may have turned to online social media to make his introductions but it was back to basics on a meet and greet in Garstang.

Accompanied by wife Heather, he made a whistle-stop tour of the Wyre district on the latest of his series of ‘Deanery Days.’

He said: “The most important thing for me at the moment is meeting as many people as possible.

“I don’t want to be shut away behind a desk and unapproachable, I want to get out and about.

“At the moment I’m learning - there is lots to discover and I’ve not come into this post with a pre-packaged programme.”

Bishop Henderson spoke of the warm welcome he had received on the trip, which saw him meet all areas of the community - the local schools, farms and a tea at the Fig Tree Fair Trade Visitor Centre

He was joined at the reception by area dean of Garstang deanery Andrew Wilkinson and Rev Stephen Grey of St Thomas’s Church, Bruce Crowther and dignitaries including the Garstang mayor Coun Chris Ryan and County Coun Sandra Perkins and guests.

Schoolchildren from St Thomas’s CE Primary School also attended to provide entertainment with a musical performance.