1 Oct 1983
bells of Bristol's ancient Anglican cathedral rang out a Surprise major
peal of welcome last Saturday for Archbishop Maziers of Bordeaux and his
party of three priests, a nun, a Bordeaux Protestant minister and a lay
The bell ringers had come from Devon, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The
party had been invited by Anglican Bishop Tinsley of Bristol, to this
third exchange visit between the two dioceses, which began when a party
from Bordeaux attended Bishop Tinsley's enthronement in 1976.
The four-day visit included three discussions between the two bishops
and their parties on the Eucharist, the Ministry and Authority on the
basis of the ARCIC Final Report.
During the service of welcome in Bristol Cathedral, the sermon was
preached by Anglican Bishop Temple of Malmesbury.
He and Bishop Tinsley, Bishop Alexander of Clifton, the Bristol Free
president, the Rev Ian Lunn, Archbishop Maziers and the congregation
exchanged the Kiss of Peace.
Bishop Tinsley presented a Bible to Archbishop Maziers. Choirs of
Bristol and Clifton cathedrals combined to sing choral music.
After lunch the episcopal party went to the village of Cricklade, where
the key of the ancient Anglican parish church of St Mary was handed to
Fr Eamon McGlinchey, parish priests of Fairford.
The Catholic church in Cricklade is served from Fairford. It is a former
Baptist chapel, now dedicated to St Augustine.
St Mary's was built by the Normans in 1120. Its oak beams, tower, side
chapels, and main fabric have been well preserved.
The Rev Kenneth Withington, Vicar of St Sampson's at the other end of
the High Street said: "Everyone in Cricklade is delighted that the
Catholics have taken over St Mary's."
Until 1953 St Mary's had been a joint parish church with St Sampson's.
It was later declared redundant. It is being leased for 999 years at a