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Bishop Jonathan visits the Seafarers Centre 

18th October 2017

Pilgrims at the Seafarers Centre.  Photo: Colin Wooden


On Tuesday October 17 Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn, spent the day in the Great Yarmouth area to meet people and pray for the borough

Pilgrims at the Seafarers Centre.  Photo: Colin Wooden

His tour was part of an initiative amongst Church of England churches in Norfolk and Waveney which will see one of the three bishops in the region spend a day in each local area

Bishop Jonathan invited local people to join in as he travels, much of the time by foot, through the local area. His programme included visiting a farm in Repps and schools in Caister and Gorleston, walking the Golden Mile, and docks in Great Yarmouth, and spending some time at the James Paget University Hospital

Midway through the extensive thirteen and a half hour Deanery Prayer Pilgrimage, which was led by Bishop Jonathan, the pilgrims paid a short visit to the Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre on South Quay
They were welcomed by Rev Peter Paine, the Port Chaplain, who gave an overview of the history and activities of the centre and his role in heading up the work. He made special mention of the volunteers whose activities keep the centre open for two hours each day, the ship visiting, and the welfare work. The bishop was then invited to pray for all involved and the many seafarers who visited the port before the pilgrims moved on

Bishop Jonathan with the Port Chaplain, Rev Peter Paine as they conduct the Centre's 50 club October draw.  Photo: Colin Wooden

The Revd John Kinchin-Smith, Rural Dean for Great Yarmouth, who led the planning team for the day, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Bishop Jonathan to our borough and hope that local people will take the opportunity to chat with him if they bump into him”

If you would like to be part of this happy band of volunteers at the Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre supporting our seafarers from all over the world, please call or email:

Rev Peter Paine at or telephone 07788 111 823