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Teen Ben: I’m the youngest CofE warden


A TEENAGER has become the Church of England’s youngest church warden.

Ben Jenkins, 19, was elected by the congregati­on in its annual meeting.

He has been handed the keys to St Nicolas’ Church in the Suffolk village of Stanningfi­eld and will manage the day-to-day functions of the parish.

Ben, from nearby Bury St Edmunds, now hopes to “make a difference” in the church and community.

He said: “The church is a really important part of community life in rural areas and I want to ensure this continues.”

Bishop of Dunwich The Right Rev Mike Harrison welcomed Ben to his role in a special service.

He said: “It’s wonderful to see young people coming forward to serve.”

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Ben Jenkins, 19
ELECTED Ben Jenkins, 19

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