It has been announced this morning that Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Basingstoke, will become the next Bishop of Bath and Wells. Bishop Peter will take up this appointment in the New Year.
Commenting, Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, said:
“It is with great pleasure, albeit tinged with personal sadness, that I can confirm that Peter Hancock will be leaving the Diocese of Winchester to become the next Bishop of Bath and Wells.
Since joining from Portsmouth in 2010, Bishop Peter has made an enormous contribution to the life of the Diocese of Winchester. He has made a great many friends across Winchester’s parishes and I wish him and his family the very best as they make the move to Somerset”.
Commenting, Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Basingstoke, said:
“I’m grateful to all the priests and parishes in Winchester Diocese for all the love and support for me and Jane in all the years in which I have served as Bishop of Basingstoke.
“I’m leaving the Diocese at an exciting time. I’ve learned a great deal and hope to be able to share some of that in Bath & Wells”.