After nearly 14 years, the Bishop of Thetford has delivered a final farewell at a special service in Norwich Cathedral.  

The Rt Rev Dr Alan Winton first took up the role in September 2009, when he was consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral. 

Now, at a Chrism Eucharist service that took place at the start of April, he said he was grateful to those who were part of his time in Norfolk. 

Speaking to Network Norfolk about his retirement, he said: “I am very aware of how blest I’ve been to serve as one of the bishops in such a lovely part of the country.  

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“I’m also grateful for the chance I’ve enjoyed to play a small part in encouraging the fabulous and crucial work that goes on in our schools

“It has been deeply moving to witness the commitment and generosity of so many people whose faith leads them to serve their communities, particularly where poverty, homelessness and other marks of our tragically unequal society are present. 

“As Pippa and I move away we will do so with much to give thanks for to God. The people of Norfolk and Waveney will remain in our hearts and our prayers, with thanksgiving for all we’ve shared.” 

Eastern Daily Press: The Rt Revd Alan Winton with wife, PippaThe Rt Revd Alan Winton with wife, Pippa (Image: Bill Smith)

At the end of the annual Holy Week service, Bishop Alan and wife, Pippa, were presented with flowers and a gift. 

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher, added: “Alan Winton has made a significant contribution to many areas of Diocesan life, including the selection and training of clergy, our church schools, and parishes in his care. 

“Like many others, I am grateful for his friendship and the way in which he welcomed me to the Diocese.” 

Bishop Alan was first ordained as a priest in 1992, and has served the church in London, Hertfordshire and Norfolk.