Authority of Bishop to Rededicate
TO THE RECTOR AND CHURCHWARDENS OF ST PETER AND ST THOMAS, STAMBOURNE.
THIS DOCUMENT is to authorise the formal change of the dedication of Saint Peter and Saint Thomas, Stambourne, to be in future Saint Peter and Saint Thomas Becket.
THIS IS to recognise the evidence and belief that while in recent years it had been thought that the dedication of Saint Thomas was to Saint Thomas the Apostle, in fact originally it was to Saint Thomas Becket.
IN ORDER to rectify this mistaken identification which had been received and established over some centuries I DO NOW GIVE AUTHORITY to the Rector and Parochial Church Council in future to recognise and honour their dedication as being to Saint Peter and St Thomas Becket.
Bishop of Colchester
Dated this 11th day of July 1995
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