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Newtown area welcomes a new Priest

The Newtown area will welcome a new priest on Sunday (July, 24).  The Revd. Prebendary Norman Morris will be joining the Cedewain Mission Area alongside Canon Nia Morris, Revd Alexis Mayes and many lay people in serving the communities in and around Newtown.

A service of welcome will take place in St Beuno’s Church, Bettws Cedewain when Preb. Morris will be licensed for the pastoral care of the communities of Bettws Cedewain, Tregynon and Llanwyddelan.

Living and working from Wentnor Rectory, near Bishop’s Castle, Norman Morris has been in the Diocese of Hereford for the past 16 years as Rector of the nine OnnyCamlad parishes, which, since 2004, have included the parishes of Churchstoke and Hyssington which lie inside Wales. For the past five years he has also been Rural Dean of the Clun Forest Deanery which borders the Cedewain Mission Area to the west.

Norman Morris had a teaching career for nearly 30 years, teaching history and religious education, alongside coaching all kinds of sports.  His career in education has taken him to Bristol, Kingston Upon Thames, and after his ordination in 1978, to Tonbridge School as Chaplain, before spending 15 years as Chaplain at Monmouth School between 1985 and 2000.     His former pupils include Alec Stewart, cricketer, Chris Hollins, broadcaster, and Wayne Barnes, international rugby referee, who was in Norman’s 3rd XV rugby team at Monmouth.

Norman has three grown up children and five grandchildren and his interests include choral singing, history, and model railways.

He said: ‘I have had a lifetime experience and love for rural ministry and country churches, and enjoy and value parish ministry.  I look forward to living and serving in the Cedewain Mission Area.’

The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, who will be leading the service on July, 24 said:  ‘We are delighted to welcome this experienced cleric to Newtown and the Cedewain Mission Area.  Norman will join a talented team, and complement their strengths by bringing his own experience and skills to the mix.’