Royal visitors hear of key contributions
THE Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Wells on May 17 to meet keyworkers, traders, councillors, volunteers, including members of the Wells Coronavirus Network, and others to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic, and to see how Wells is bouncing back.
During their time in the city they visited the Connect Centre, spoke to groups of people gathered to meet them in St Cuthbert’s churchyard, and walked up High Street to the Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace.
At the Palace, the Earl heard about the changes made there during the pandemic and the ongoing work it is doing within the local community, and had a tour of the formal gardens in the company of the Palace’s head gardener James Cross.
They went on to the Arboretum, planted in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, where they discussed the launch of The Queen’s Green Canopy – the national initiative to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which was launched that day. People in the UK are being encouraged to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ and The Bishop’s Palace will be doing this with the help of students from The Blue School and Wells Cathedral School. Students from both schools were presented to the Earl.
The Countess of Wessex joined the Earl for tea in the Undercroft of the Palace, hosted by Bishop Ruth, before they were bade farewell by the Rt Rev Peter Hancock, in one of his last acts before retirement, and his wife Jane.