With the forthcoming retirements of two of our seven archdeacons, new arrangements have been made for France and North-West Europe. The Venerable John de Wit retires as Archdeacon and Chaplain of Holy Trinity, Utrecht in The Netherlands on 19th May. In France The Venerable Ken Letts will retire as Archdeacon at the end of June although he will continue as Chaplain of Holy Trinity, Nice until next year.
Because the Diocese in Europe is working towards a new system of having four full-time Archdeacons the Bishop has made two interim appointments to ensure that life in these two archdeaconries continues and develops. (It could be 2014 before the new style appointments are made)
Canon Meurig Williams, the Bishop´s Commissary and Chaplain is to become Acting Archdeacon for North-West Europe, working closely with the two existing Area Deans, Rev Mark Collinson and Rev Andrew Wagstaff.
Rev Ian Naylor who is Chaplain of St Andrew´s Pau, in the South of France, has agreed to become Acting Archdeacon of France. He will be assisted by the Area Dean, Canon Trevor Whitfield.