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DEAN, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical officer, who derives his name from the fact that he presides over ten canons, or, prebondaries, at least. There are several kinds of deans, namely: 1. Deans of chapters. 2. Deans of peculiars. 3. Rural deans. 4. Deans in the colleges. 5. Honorary deans. 6. Deans of provinces.

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I think the deanery can be a real resource for parishes and during my time as Rural Dean I hope that I can build on the sense of fellowship and teamwork already established."
"I feel that it is really a canonry for the deanery as being the rural dean has been made so easy by the happy and friendly co-operation of all my colleagues who have made the task a pleasant one."
Mr Black, pictured, said: "Rural Dean is an ancient role with a strange title.
The Rural Dean explained that according to the law of the land the couple who came to see me could marry, so, they had every right for the ceremony to be held in their Parish church.
The Rural Dean of Walsall, the Rev Jenny Hill, said: "Terry had a knack of getting alongside people who weren't the easiest to speak to about Christianity.
After curacies at Stranton and Monkwearmouth, and incumbencies at Stillington, Consett and Gateshead, where he was Rural Dean, he was appointed Archdeacon of Auckland and Canon Residentiary at the Cathedral in 1983, exchanging his archdeaconry for that of Durham in 1993 and eventually, in 1997, retiring back to his old haunts at Barnard Castle.
Canon Beake has served in Coventry as a rural dean, as chairman of the House of Clergy and, most recently, as sub-dean of the cathedral.
On returning to England he became Assistant Bishop and Rural Dean of Wearmouth before becoming Bishop of Lichfield in 1975 until his retirement in 1984.
The vicar, the Rev Andrew Mannings, rural dean of Wallasey, told the congregation many lives had been enriched in the short time Thomas had been alive.
Andrew Jones, Rector of Llanbedrog and Rural Dean of Llyn and Eifionydd in North Wales, has written Every Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland.
Canon Paul Tongue, rural dean of Stourbridge, yesterday called for a new murder hunt and warned that memories of the killing would fester like an "open wound" unless the riddle is solved.
| RE-DEDICATION: Pictured in front of the window before the service are, from left, Rev Samuel Pervez (Assistant Curate), Rev David Carpenter (Priest in Charge), Rt Rev Stephen Platten (Bishop of Wakefield) and Rev Mary Railton-Crowder (Rural Dean of Huddersfield).

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