NEW Bishops of Selby and Whitby have been appointed by the Queen.

The Reverend Canon Dr John Bromilow Thomson, currently director of Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield, is the new Suffragan Bishop of Selby, while the Venerable Paul John Ferguson, the Archdeacon of Cleveland, is to serve as the Suffragan Bishop of Whitby.

They were welcomed to their new roles yesterday by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, before visiting their new Archdeaconries.

Dr Thomson, who succeeds the Rt Revd Martin Wallace, visited a community café set up by the Edge Community Project in the Flaxley Road area of Selby, which is situated in the Gypsy Moth pub, and allows people from across the community to come for a chat, seek help with finances, parenting advice and friendship.

Dr Sentamu said that as part of their work, each Bishop would have a specific area of responsibility across the Diocese.

"The Bishop of Whitby will be the Ambassador for Mission and Pastoral Measure Matters, and Ambassador for Schools," he said. "The Bishop of Selby will be Ambassador for Mission and Ministry, and Ambassador for Rural Life and Faith."

The Bishops will be Consecrated at York Minster on Thursday July 3.