All woman line-up in top Dyfed posts makes history

By County Echo Reporter in Local People

THE new Bishop of St Davids is a member of a history-making all-female trio in top posts in Dyfed.

In an historic hat-trick, for the first time in the UK three women now occupy simultaneously the offices of Lord Lieutenant, Lord Bishop and High Sheriff in Dyfed.

Susan Balsom of Aberystwyth was installed as the new High Sheriff of Dyfed at Cardigan Castle on Wednesday, 12 April, during a Declaration Ceremony attended by the Lord Lieutenant, Sara Edwards, and Right Rev Joanna Penberthy, Lord Bishop of St Davids.

Bishop Joanna was enthroned in February 2017 as the first female bishop in Wales.

To complete the all-woman line up in Holy Week, the Declaration was witnessed by Gwen Burgess JP and Rev Canon Enid Morgan was appointed Chaplain to the new High Sheriff.

The office of High Sheriff is made under a Royal Warrant and it is the oldest secular office in the United Kingdom after the Crown itself.

Businesswoman Sue Balsom was appointed to the role by the Queen during an historic ceremony in March at a meeting of the Privy Council held at Buckingham Palace.

Pictured, from left: Sue Balsom, High Sheriff of Dyfed; Lord Lieutenant Sara Edwards and Lord Bishop Joanna Penberthy.

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