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Cemetery land consecrated

THE Bishop of Bradwell, the Rt Rev John Wraw was at West Thurrock on Friday (18 May) afternoon to carry out a rarely used service.

He was joined by Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Charlie Curtis; the Deputy Registrar for the Diocese of Chelmsford, Aiden Hargreaves-Smith; local councillor, Andy Smith; plus Grays vicar the Rev Darren Barlow and Vicar of St Clement’s, West Thurrock, the Rev Michelle Reynolds, at the consecration of the extension to West Thurrock Cemetery.

Thurrock Council’s Director of Environment, Andrew Murphy along with Daren Spring, street services manager and Steve Starr, parks operations manager, were also at the Sandy Lane cemetery which was prepared by the council’s Environment Directorate.

Mr Murphy explained the Church of England portion of the West Thurrock Cemetery was running out of space. Thurrock council had prepared and fenced the extension and would be landscaping it before it was needed.

The consecration service began with Mr Starr and the Rev Barlow reading the Petition for Consecration, to the bishop, before he and the “people assembled” walk to each corner of the field where the bishop marks the ground with his pastoral staff.

Finally the bishop signed the Sentence of Consecration.

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