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Fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of the Bishop of Guild­ford, the Rt Rev Christo­pher Hill, the post has been va­cant since Novem­ber. But a pub­lic meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, form­ing part of a two-day fact-find­ing visit to the dio­cese by the Arch­bish­ops’ and the Prime Min­is­ter’s ap­point­ment sec­re­taries look­ing for views on the needs of the dio­cese, hoped to build the de­sired pro­file of the new Bishop. A re­port from their visit will be fed back to the Crown Nom­i­na­tions Com­mis­sion (CNC), which will meet twice this sum­mer. An an­nounce­ment of the suc­cess­ful can­di­date is ex­pected early in 2015. Dioce­san Sec­re­tary Stephen Mar­riott said: “The ap­point­ment of a Bishop is a huge event in the life of the dio­cese. We’re nearly 90 years old but there have only been nine Bish­ops of Guild­ford so far, so we only ex­pect a va­cancy about once in a decade.”

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