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Ludlow's new Bishop is appointed
The Venerable Alistair Magowan
The bishop was welcomed to Ludlow at a service in St Laurence's Church

The new Bishop of Ludlow has been welcomed to the town at a special service in St Laurence's Church.

Bishop Michael Hooper retired in June 2009 and Venerable Alistair Magowan has been appointed to the post.

The Ven Magowan was consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral in September.

He was Archdeacon of Dorset from 2000 and is a member of the General Synod.

He serves on the Business Committee and the Election Review Committee.

The Ven Magowan is also a member of the Steering Committee which is working on the legislation which which will see the first woman bishops in the Church of England.

I want to bring a 'can do' mentality and a lightness of touch when making the rules work for the people
The Venerable Alistair Magowan

He said it had been a privilege to work in the area of change: "I want to bring a 'can do' mentality and lightness of touch when making the rules work for people."

Looking forward

He has moved into the Bishop's House in Halford near Craven Arms: "I am really looking forward to getting out and about and meeting people. I like to spot the tiny spark in any encounter that can fire our imaginations and when harnessed, bring about transformation."

His wife Louise and 13-year-old daughter Susanna join him. The couple's two older children have already left home.

The Ven Magowan grew up in Malvern and went to the King's School in Worcester. After graduating in animal sciences, he trained in Bristol and has served in Hillsborough, Durham, Runnymede and Dorset.

He is a keen walker and trout fisherman. He is also interested in art and painting and railways.

St Laurence's Church in Ludlow welcomed the new bishop in a service on Sunday, 4 October. The Ven Magowan will provide the blessing at BBC Shropshire's annual carol service , this year recorded at St Laurence's Church on Sunday 6 December.

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