Bishop of Bradford the Right Rev Nick Baines – whose diocese includes the Keighley district – has a new role.

He has been appointed bishop of the new Church of England Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

Under the new set-up, the Bradford diocese will be subsumed in a ‘super diocese’ together with Leeds, Ripon, Huddersfield and Wakefield, each of which will have an area bishop by the end of the year.

Bishop Baines’s appointment was announced on Tuesday, and that day he visited each of the five areas that will make up the biggest diocese in the country.

“I have not taken this appointment lightly,” he said. “I have agreed to this with hope, vision and realism.”

The Bishop, 56, and his wife, Linda, were also looking at their new home in Leeds this week.