THE Archbishop of Canterbury has arrived in Gloucestershire at the start of his three-day visit. 

Dr Rowan Williams arrived at Cirencester Parish Church at 11am, where he was welcomed by Bishop of Gloucester the Rt Revd Michael Perham, along with Father Leonard Doolan and children from Powell’s School.

Addressing the packed church, the Archbishop described the turnout as “a delight”. “I’m truly delighted to be in this wonderful place and in this wonderful church,” he said.

“I’m very conscious of the long history of Cirencester, and here of course we are right on the edge of gods own country of Wales,” joked Dr Williams, who was previously Archbishop of Wales.

“This is an area I’ve always deeply loved and I’m sure the next days will warmly intensify this love.”

The Archbishop moved from the Church to the coffee shop on Dollar and is set to meet a support group for vulnerable people later, before leaving for Cheltenham on the next stage of his visit.

For a full report on the Archbishop’s visit, pick up next week’s SNJ.