Bishop of Lichfield takes a Banks’s tour

Teammates at Banks’s Brewery and Marston’s House in Wolverhampton had a very special visit from the Bishop of Lichfield last week.

Banks’s Brewery first welcomed Chaplain Reverend Bill Marsh through its doors in 2011 as part of the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission’s drive to restore ‘faith in business’. Since then, Bill has been a familiar face amongst teammates: “I pop in once a week just to chat to people. That’s a large part of what I do – giving people time to chat about things of interest or good news, as well as any worries they may have,” Bill said, shortly after joining.

Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave was delighted to be welcomed by CEO Ralph Findlay and Beer Company MD Richard Westwood to experience for himself the great support Bill’s shown Marston’s over the last six years.

Following a tour of the recently refurbished office building, Bill and Richard took the Bishop of Lichfield across to the brewery, where he was taken through our brewing process and got to give our beers a taste test. He said: “It was great to meet workers at Marston’s and see the crucial chaplaincy work that Black Country Urban Industrial Mission is involved in there.”

“Chaplains work on the frontline in factories, businesses, hospitals, schools and many other places throughout our large and varied diocese. They offer a listening ear and support, which organisations say plays a significant role in the wellbeing of employees. The number of chaplains is growing all the time and today’s visit reinforces their importance to the people they serve.”

The event was captured by the Express & Star too – take a look at the full article and watch a short film from the day here.


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