Hampshire & Isle of Wight

New Bishop of Basingstoke announced

Reverend Canon David Williams at Winchester Cathedral Image copyright diocese of winchester
Image caption The Reverend Canon David Williams will be consecrated at Winchester Cathedral in September

The new Bishop of Basingstoke has been announced as the Reverend Canon David Williams.

The current vicar of Christ Church Winchester will be consecrated at Winchester Cathedral on 19 September.

The 53-year-old succeeds the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, who is now the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Canon Williams said he and his wife Helen were "looking forward to this new chapter in our lives" in north Hampshire.

Motorbike journeys

He added the Anglican role in Basingstoke, within the diocese of Winchester, came with "a huge responsibility" as the area "embraces many diverse and unique communities - both urban and rural".

The canon, a keen sailor, grew up in Uganda and worked for the Church Mission Society in eastern Kenya, where he was also deputy head of a village secondary school.

Together with his son Mark he also recently completed two motorbike journeys across Eastern and Central Africa.

He became Vicar of Christ Church Winchester in 2002 and was made an Honorary Canon of Winchester Cathedral in 2012.

The diocese said a "key reason" for Mr Williams's appointment was his Hampshire connections.

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