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Woman barred from new dean's job
St Helier Parish Church
The Dean is also a parish priest
Women will not be able to apply to become the Dean of Jersey, says the island's Anglican head.

The Anglican Dean of Jersey, the Very Reverend John Seaford, is to retire this summer after 12 years in the post.

Bishop Of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott Joynt, the head of Jersey's diocese, says church rules would allow a female dean.

But the Dean would also be parish priest for St Helier which is against women taking on the role.

Parish say

He said: "We can't have a female dean on this occasion because the decision has been confirmed that the post of dean should continue to be linked to the post of parish priest of the town church.

"The law in the Church of England, both on the mainland and the two Bailiwicks, is that the parish has a say on whether or not it's at ease about receiving a woman as its parish priest.

"The town church in Jersey is not of that view."

He added that the Deanery will not be sold and the next Dean will live in the house in David Place, St Helier.

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