The Ven John Ashe was installed as Archdeacon of Lynn in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 3 May 2009.
John (55) was ordained in 1979 after training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served as Team Rector of Godalming in the Diocese of Guildford, from 1993 until taking up post as Archdeacon of Lynn. He is an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral and a member of the Church of England’s General Synod. For a period of five years in the early eighties he served in Cape Town in a church struggling to live out its calling in an apartheid society. Before ordination he worked as a metallurgist at Hadfields Steel in Sheffield, followed by a period as a Director of Witley Enterprises in Surrey – a scheme to help unemployed school leavers to find work.
John is married to Shelagh, a garden designer, and they have three adult daughters. When not working he enjoys carpentry and woodturning, gardening and running. “I am very much looking forward to this new area of work in a lovely part of England. The Diocese of Norwich is an exciting place to be and I count it a privilege to support its work of declaring God’s unconditional love.”
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James said, “I am delighted that we have a priest of such wide experience joining the senior staff team in Norwich and I’m sure that he will quickly win the confidence of both the clergy and lay people in the Diocese.”