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Announcement concerning Revd Canon Simon Pothen

13th Nov 2017

The death of Revd Canon Simon Pothen, Canon Precentor of Chelmsford Cathedral, has been announced by Nicholas Henshall, the Dean of Chelmsford.

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said:

“Simon was an outstanding servant of the Chelmsford diocese and a wonderful priest, husband and father. We will miss him hugely.

“When I was first appointed as Bishop of Chelmsford he was one of the first people I met. He masterminded my Installation and did it with his customary commitment and imagination. He and Debs and their lovely family were also among the first people to welcome us to Chelmsford. Their friendship and support has been a blessing.

“Simon loved the liturgy and worship of the Church. We offer those prayers for him and his family now. Trusting in the promises of the Gospel, we commend him to the mercy of God.”

The funeral will be held at Chelmsford Cathedral on Thursday, 7 December at 11.00 am. Clergy who are intending to be present are invited to robe (alb and white stole) and are requested to advise Clare Broome - tel 01245 294498, email

No flowers please. Donations may be made to The National Autistic Society, Epilepsy Action and Farleigh Hospice.