I had the great pleasure of being asked by the Diocese of Norwich to cover the day of the announcement of the new Bishop of Lynn designate, the Ven Dr Jane Steen.
The day began with the Jane introducing herself to a Year 5 “bubble” of pupils at Whitefriars Primary Church of England Academy in King’s Lynn. As well as speaking formally to the pupils, she also spent some informal time with them afterwards chatting and planting (and being photographed) in the school’s sensory garden.
After leading the Midday Office at King’s Lynn Minster, in the afternoon Jane met Paul and Tracy Richards on their small holding, Manor Farm, to be shown around – and we had some great opportunities to photograph Jane with Paul and Tracy’s livestock including their lovely Norfolk Black turkey.
After that, it was a trip to the coast at Blakeney, where there was a delicious afternoon tea at the Parish Church and a chance to meet with parishioners who either help to run or who benefit from the enormously popular breakfast and lunch events that usually run in non-COVID times.
For me, not only was it a great photography job, but as a Christian and a Churchwarden myself, it was a fantastic day. Seeing different elements of the church in Norfolk in action, serving all ages and in a number of the different settings that Norfolk offers, was very uplifting. It was a hard day, nearly 100 miles and having to take photos quickly and inclusively, but brilliant and a joy to be involved with.
The formal press release from the Diocese can be found here, and below is a selection of the images from the day which were used by the Diocese: