Yesterday was a special day in the cathedral, the warmth from which I will remember for quite a while. We said ‘farewell’ to our Archdeacon, Peter Lock, who really is an outstanding bloke. I’ve only known him for a year but the encouragement he has given, and the expertise he has shared has been second to none.

Lots of stories were told – but there was a common theme. Peter has real skill with people. He is able to cut through complex issues with wisdom and has the respect of everyone I know. Despite being responsible for a large area, with loads of vacancies, he always seem to be able to make time for peo[ple, even a lowly 1st year curate.

Most of all this is a man of deep and infectious joy. Loads of people are going to miss Peter being around, and I’ll be on of them.

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