It is the source of some amusement in the Diocese right now that the Bishops' plan to celebrate the 1100th birthday of the diocese is being slightly hindered by the news that the boundary may well go through the lion enclosure at Longleat. Even if this isn't true the narrative demands at this point that we proceed as if it is.
Some have indeed said that any bishop unable to walk safely through a den of lions should not really be in the post anyway. We need more Bishops Daniel. Maybe it would be a use for Paul Daniels? It would be a better interview technique would it not? 'Before we proceed with the questions we'd like to take you on a short walk around the diocese.' Excuse me. For a moment there, in a flight of fancy, I imagined that bishops were interviewed.
Still, being the big chief gives you the power to delegate so the Diocesan Missioner and the Diocesan Secretary have been given the task of investigating the exact position of the Diocesan boundary between now and the walk. So far they have only been lost in a ditch once, and a relatively wild-cat free place it turned out to be, if a little muddy. Wouldn't the Diocesan Surveyor have been a useful member of the team? I only ask.
The Diocese of Bath and Wells was formed when Sherbourne (must check spelling) Diocese was divided into three (Salisbury, Exeter, B&W) 1098 years ago. I once worked in a church founded in 883 (St Mary and St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street) but an administrative structure that dates back to pre-Norman times is a survivor and no mistake.
Perhaps we should have all the Salisbury clergy and the B&W clergy face each other across the bounds in a 'come and have a go if you think you're hard enough' way. I'd be delighted to bring up the rear.