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Be happy for me, says Dean

03 February 2011

by a staff reporter

THE Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Christopher Hardwick, has been discussing his future with the Bishop.

Dean Hardwick, aged 53, stepped down voluntarily last April while investigations were made into an allegation that he was having a relationship with Sarah Sainsbury, aged 37, whom he was counselling during a divorce.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing by an internal investigation and resumed his duties, at the same time announcing that he was to divorce his wife of 28 years, Linda, the mother of his two children. In October, a month after his divorce was granted, Dean Hardwick went on sabbatical leave.

In a personal statement released last week, Dean Harwick said that his relationship with Ms Sainsbury had grown since his divorce.

He said: “After many years of unhappiness in my marriage, and following a difficult and very public divorce, I am currently on leave from my duties at the Cathedral, with the blessing of the Bishop. I divorced my wife last year, and my decree absolute was granted in September 2010. Since then, my friendship with Sarah Sainsbury, who is also divorced, has grown.

“Sarah was not the cause of the breakdown in my marriage, and over the last five months our relationship has evolved into a close relationship which we are sharing openly and appropriately.”

He went on to ask for people to greet the news of his relationship with “celebration and joy”, and asked for privacy.

A spokesman for the diocese said that the Dean was in talks with the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton. “The day-to-day running of the cathedral continues under the care of the Cathedral Chapter. The Dean has been in discussion with Bishop Tim as to his future.”

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