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Chap joins new church for this reason (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

hence

Here is my best explanation:

'for this reason' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'chap joins new church' is the subsidiary indication.

'chap' becomes 'he' (**).

'joins' says to put letters next to each other.

'new' becomes 'n'.

'church' becomes 'ce' (abbreviation for Church of England).

'he'+'n'+'ce'='hence'

This clue was last seen in Mirror

(Other definitions for hence that I've seen before include "For this reason; in the future", "From this place or time", "It follows from that fact", "From now; thus", "Consequently", "In the future; begone!", "As a consequence", "Thus", "Therefore, consequently" and "From this time, or for this reason".)

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