Nuns' move from Gloucestershire to Devon 'bittersweet'

A community of nuns which has had a presence in a Gloucestershire village for more than 150 years have said leaving the county will be bittersweet.

The Poor Clare sisters have been in the convent in Woodchester, near Stroud, since 1860.

But they said diminishing numbers and a calling from God had moved them to join the Poor Clare community in Lynton in North Devon.

A spokeswoman said their 17th century farmhouse was now too big to manage.

'God's will'

Sister Susannah said the nuns were looking forward to the move, which is to take place in May.

But leaving Gloucestershire would not be easy, she added.

"That will be very painful but there's a joy knowing that we're doing God's will," she said.

"In fact it's quite nice, especially at this time of the Passion as we're going into the holy weekend Easter, it's quite nice to be able to offer Him something for what He did for us."

The Poor Clares are a Franciscan order founded by St Francis of Assisi and St Clare in 13th Century.

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