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Priest and vicar on move and bishop visit 

Latest news about the Norfolk Christian community includes a departing priest, an arriving vicar and a visit by a bishop.

Tears and tributes both flowed freely as Roman Catholics in north Norfolk said farewell to their popular priest.
Fr David Bagstaff, the most senior priest in the RC Diocese of East Anglia, has left the Sacred Heart Parish, after nearly 10 years.
Scores of his parishioners from the RC churches in North Walsham, Aylsham and Hoveton, gathered at their North Walsham mother church for a party to thank Fr David and wish him well after his final mass on Sunday. He will take up a post as parish priest at the Most Holy Trinity parish, Diss, in September.
Terry McIlwee, chairman of the Sacred Heart parish council, described Fr David as a “fantastic man”, adding: “He is an excellent parish priest whose services are full and appropriate for every occasion.”
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Paul CubittRev Paul Cubitt, currently Rector of Blofield and Hemblington will be the next Vicar of the Benefice of St Nicholas, North Walsham and All Saints, Edingthorpe.  Paul has a wife, Clare, and two sons who are in schools in Norwich.  The licencing and induction, led by the Bishop of Thetford, will be held  on Thursday July 17 at 7pm.

On his departure from Blofield, Paul writes: “I suspect it will be in June that it will really dawn on me that our time here is concluding. It has been a real privilege to serve and minister in this benefice – and to see God at work.”
The Bishop of Norwich has seen for himself how a 20-year-old charity is expanding the support its offers to parents who are separating, and their children.
Families’ House, which is based at 125 Ber Street, Norwich, merged with East Anglia-wide charity Break in 2012 in order to help it expand. The charity wants to expand its geographic coverage in Norfolk, offer more mediation to help parents resolve problems amicably, and do more work in schools to support young carers.
Bishop Graham said: “My sense is that this is not just to help parents and children, but to help everyone develop healthier relationships when they have experienced very significant problems.
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