Archbishop of Canterbury visits Taunton

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby this week made a pastoral visit to the Diocese of Bath & Wells.

His visit took him across the region and began in Taunton at the Cooper Associates County Ground where he addressed education leaders at a conference in the County Room of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion.

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Somerset County Cricket Club CEO Guy Lavender met with him and presented him with a special Somerset shirt.

After receiving this gift from the Club the Archbishop said: “I’m delighted to have started my three-day visit to the diocese here and I’ve been talking to the people involved in Church of England education.  This is the first time that I’ve been to Somerset County Cricket Club.  I’ve been to Lord’s and the Oval in London and obviously to Kent at Canterbury in my own diocese which, as a ground, is as beautiful as this one.”

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What did the Archbishop think of the Cooper Associates County Ground?  “It’s out of this world,” he said.  “It’s just so gorgeous.  You’re obviously doing some really creative things in order to make the Club work, with the new building and so on.  It’s really exciting to see.  I follow cricket but I never quite had the skill to get the hand/eye coordination that you need to be able to actually play at any level.”