I WAS saddened to read of the death of James Atwell, Dean of Winchester.

James was a towering figure, physically and spiritually.

Over the years, he and Lorna became friends and he was a man I deeply admired.

One of his many innovations was a Harvest Festival ‘Question Time’ in the Cathedral.

The panels he organised for me to grill included the NFU, young farmers, agricultural charities, teachers and the Bishop.

I always thought it symbolised, perfectly, his commitment to Hampshire, our community, our way of life - and to the God he served so diligently.

The statue to him, on the south-facing roof of the Cathedral, is fitting: I like to think he still looks over us and after us.

Alastair Stewart OBE,

Bramdean, Alresford