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New prison chaplain appointed

New prison chaplain appointed

Anna Glenton, a licensed reader at St Mary Glynde, has been appointed to the role of Anglican chaplain at HMP Lewes.

The role of a prison chaplain can be rigorous. There are statutory daily duties such as visiting all the new inmates, all those soon to be released and all those segregated or in the healthcare unit. When a prisoner's relative dies the chaplain is very involved, often being the person who breaks the news, and if the prisoner is not allowed to attend the funeral the chaplain offers to hold a simple memorial service. In addition to this, there are pastoral visits, Sunday services and weekday groups, helping with practical issues, and trying to assist those leaving prison in resettlement.

Anna, who was licensed as a reader in 2017,  said: "I am really delighted to have been appointed to this role, and particularly so early on in my career as a Reader. I was given the opportunity, during the Reader training, to do a pastoral placement at the prison, and as soon as I started the placement I realised that this was something I really wanted to carry on with."

Anna, pictured at her licensing in 2017 with Bishop Richard.