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Plaque that only mentioned male priests will be replaced by Bristol Cathedral to remember women too

by Alex Collett

A plaque to mark the first female priests ordained into the Church of England is to be replaced, because it only mentions the male clergy who carried out the ceremony.

Bristol Cathedral became the first Anglican church to ordain women as priests, in a service carried out on March 12 1994.
 
A total of 32 female priests were ordained. 

After a long campaign by some of the female priests involved, a new plaque will be unveiled by the current Bishop of Bristol, Vivienne Faull.

The unveiling of the plaque will take place this Saturday (March 12), 28 years after the women were first ordained. 

Bristol Cathedral has listed the 32 names of the female deacons in a social media post, inviting the public to come along and watch the unveiling.

In a Facebook post, they said: "An old Chinese proverb said: 'The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.'"

The first 32 women ordained as priests in the Church of England are: Angela Berners-Wilson, Waveney Bishop, Christine Clarke, Judith Creighton, Faith Cully, Brenda Dowie.

Carol Edwards, Annis Fessey, Jan Fortune-Wood, Susan Giles, Jane Hayward, Jean Kings (Thorn), Karen MacKinnon, Audrey Maddock, Charmion Mann, Helen Marshall.

Glenys Mills, Jillianne Norman, Susan Rose, Susan Shipp (Hollins), Margery Simpson, Sylvia Stevens, Judith Thompson, Anita Thorne, Sheila Tyler, Pauline Wall, Dawn Watling, Valerie Woods.

Ailsa Newby, Clare Pipe-Wolferstan, June Plummer and Susan Restall. 

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