Two bishops picked up their pitch forks and donned their gardening gloves to preside over a turf cutting ceremony to mark the start of building work at an academy in Derriford, Plymouth.
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, and the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, turned the soil at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary and Nursery Academy last week. The academy is due to open in September.
The site was a park and ride facility for Derriford Hospital.
Bishop Atwell said: “I am thrilled to be here to turn the soil and mark the next step in the creation of our new academy. Our vision is for a new school which will both serve the community and help to strengthen it, as well as ensuring children reach their full potential.”
Main pic: From left – the new Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Robert Atwell and the new Bishop of Plymouth, Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, turn the mud at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary and Nursery Academy