Announcement of a new Rector for the Sandringham Group of Parishes

9 May 2022

Her Majesty The Queen, Lord Howard of Rising and Mr Edward Dawnay, together with the parish representatives and the Bishop of Norwich, have appointed a new Rector for the Sandringham Group of Parishes.

The Revd Canon Dr Paul Williams, CStJ, DL, is currently the Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey in the Diocese of Gloucester. He will take up his new post in September. The Sandringham Group of churches comprises the parishes of Wolferton with Babingley, Hillington, Castle Rising, Sandringham with West Newton and Appleton and Flitcham.

Dr Williams says:

“Although I take with me many happy memories of my time in Tewkesbury and the Diocese of Gloucester, I am greatly looking forward to joining the Sandringham group of parishes as together we worship and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich says:

“Canon Dr Paul Williams brings much from his experience at Tewkesbury Abbey and in Gloucestershire, and I am sure that his pastoral care and preaching will be appreciated by parishioners.”

Paul was born in Chatham, Kent and has attended the universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. He trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House. After being appointed Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Paul served a curacy at St Stephen, Chatham and an incumbency at St Augustine, Gillingham, before becoming Personal Chaplain to the Bishop of Rochester. He moved to Tewkesbury in 2003, where he has been Area Dean and is Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. As Vice Dean of the Priory of England and the Islands, Paul is closely associated with St John Ambulance. He is a Commander of the Order of St. John, a published author, and recently appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. He is married to Catherine, who is also a priest, and they have two adult children, Alice and Harry.



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