Dean's Farewell

1 May 2022
The Dean of Norwich
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, will be retiring in May and all are welcome to join us in bidding a fond farewell to the Dean at services on Sunday 1 May.

The 10.30am Eucharist will be accompanied by an orchestra and the service will be followed by coffee and cake.

The 3.30pm Festal Evensong will be followed by a reception in the Nave.

In between the services, all are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Cloister or the wider Cathedral Close.

The services will also be live-streamed on the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel.

To watch the 10.30am Farewell Eucharist click here
To watch the 3.30pm Festal Evensong click here


The Very Revd Jane Hedges became the first female Dean of Norwich in the Cathedral’s 900-year history in 2014.

She was ordained Deaconess in 1980, Deacon in 1987 and Priest in 1994. She was the first woman to be appointed a Residentiary Canon in the Church of England, serving as Canon Pastor at Portsmouth Cathedral. In 2006 she became the first female Canon at Westminster Abbey, moving from there in 2014 to become the 39th Dean of Norwich.

Under the Dean’s tenure, Norwich Cathedral has, among many other things, seen the completion of the Cathedral’s sustainable lighting project From Darkness To Light, raised more than £2.5m for the They Shall Laugh and Sing Music Appeal to fund a major restoration of the Cathedral’s organ and support the Cathedral’s choral music, and hosted the major touring Natural History Museum exhibition Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure.

The Dean, who is retiring just after her 67th birthday and coming up to having served 42 years in ministry, will be moving to Northumberland with her husband Chris.

The Revd Dr Peter Doll, Norwich Cathedral’s Canon Librarian and Vice Dean, will be the Cathedral’s acting Dean until the new Dean of Norwich is appointed.