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Guildford's Bishop marks 40 years of ministry

Celebrations have been taking place to mark the 40 years since the Bishop of Guildford began his ordained ministry in the Church of England.

The Right Reverend Christopher Hill
The Right Reverend Christopher Hill celebrates 40 years with the Church

The Right Reverend Christopher Hill was ordained in Lichfield Cathedral in May 1970.

After a curacy in Tividale he's taken on a variety of posts, both in local parishes and at Lambeth Palace, the Church of England's headquarters.

His work in ecumenical affairs and foreign relations has taken him all around the world, and from 1987 to 1996 he was a Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.

After a time as the suffragan Bishop of Stafford he became the current Bishop of Guildford in 2004.

Bishop Christopher lives on the outskirts of Guildford at Willow Grange.

The garden at Willow Grange is often open to the public as part of the Quiet Garden's network where people can use the beautiful surroundings as a place to pray and reflect.

Far from putting his feet up after 40 years in ministry, Bishop Christopher is embarking on a new and exciting challenge with a seat in the House of Lords.

He tells the BBC's Emily Jeffery more.

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