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The Rev Simon Cowling is installed as new Rector of Bolton Abbey
8:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A sunny early autumn day saw the installation of the Rev Simon Cowling as the new Rector of Bolton Priory.
More than 300 people filled the church, with the congregation joined by visitors from Sheffield, where Simon was Precentor at the cathedral.
Such were the numbers that a special shuttle bus ran from Bolton Abbey village car park down to the Priory.
The service was led by the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev Nick Baine and Mr Cowling was presented to the Bishop by the Priory’s patron, the Duke of Devonshire.
The proceedings concluded with a well-attended afternoon tea in the village hall, providing the opportunity to meet the new rector and his family, the bishop, and the Duke in less-formal surroundings.