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If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should write giving reasons for your objection to:

The Diocesan Registrar, Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

so that it reaches the Registrar no later than 21 days after the day of this notice, stating your name and postal address, and whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the electoral roll of the parish or any other capacity in which you write

The Revd Geoffrey Borrowdale, Vicar of Hayes St Anselm, Diocese of London, has been appointed Rector of Hasland and Vicar of Temple Normanton, Diocese of Derby. Mr Borrowdale hopes to take up his new post in April 2019.

The Revd Charles Jefferson, Vicar of Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury, Diocese of Blackburn, has been appointed Interim Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of Walton-on-Trent with Croxall, Rosliston with Linton and Castle Gresley; of the benefice of Seale and Lullington with Coton-in-the-Elms; and the benefice of Stapenhill Immanuel, Diocese of Derby. Mr Jefferson hopes to take up his new appointment in the new year.

The Revd Ian Whitehead, Rector of Anslow, Rolleston & Tutbury, Diocese of Lichfield, has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Crich and South Wingfield, Diocese of Derby. Mr Whitehead hopes to take up his new post in March 2019.

The Revd Carla Vicêncio Prior will be licensed as Team Vicar in the Wirksworth Team Ministry, Diocese of Derby, on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 7.30 pm at St Mary's Wirksworth by the Bishop of Repton assisted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

The Revd Alicia Dring, Vicar of Littleover, Diocese of Derby, has also been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Blagreaves in the same diocese. Mrs Dring will be licensed to her new post on Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Blagreaves by the Archdeacon of Derby assisted by the Area Dean of Derby City.

The Revd Dr Lida Ellsworth, Assistant Curate (SSM) of Longstone, Curbar and Stoney Middleton, Diocese of Derby, retired on 10 November 2018. Dr Ellsworth is in the process of transferring to holding the Bishop of Derby’s Permission to Officiate. Her contact details remain the same.

The Revd Carla Vicêncio Prior, Assistant Curate at Derby Cathedral (formerly at Kirk Hallam), Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Team Vicar in the Wirksworth Team Ministry. Mrs Vicêncio Prior hopes to take up her new post in February 2019.

Mrs Joan Bowles, widow of Bishop Cyril Bowles (Bishop of Derby 1969-1987) died on 19 September 2018.  She was 99.  Her funeral was held in Prestbury, Cheltenham on 11 October 2018.

The Revd Canon Nigel Johnson and Mrs Eirene Palmer have stepped down as Spiritual Direction Advisers in the Diocese of Derby. The Revd Nicky Fenton, Assistant Chaplain to the Bishop of Derby, will take on this role until a new appointment is made. Mrs Fenton’s contact details are: 01332 486100, 07811 957913,

The Revd John Wood, Assistant Curate (SSM) of Morton and Stonebroom with Shirland, Diocese of Derby, retired on 13 September 2018. Mr Wood is in the process of transferring to holding the Bishop of Derby’s Permission to Officiate.

The Revd Bill Day, Assistant Curate (OLM) of Derby St Barnabas, Diocese of Derby, has transferred to having the Bishop of Derby’s Permission to Officiate in the same parish. There will be service to mark this transition on Wednesday 7th November at Derby St Barnabas with the Bishop of Repton.

The Revd Barbara Dale who retired in 2013, died on Sunday, 2 September 2018. Revd Barbara was Deaconess from 1981, Parish Deacon 1987-1990 of North Wingfield, Pilsley and Tupton (Diocese of Derby), Parish Deacon 1990-1994 then Team Vicar 1994-2000 of North Wingfield, Clay Cross and Pilsley; Assistant Curate of Eckington and Ridgeway 2000-2004, and Team Vicar in the East Scarsdale Team Ministry 2004-2013. Her funeral was held on 18 September 2018.

The Revd Liz England will be licensed as Team Rector-in-Charge of Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale Team Ministry on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Buxton by the Bishop of Repton, assisted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

The Revd Ian Godlington, Assistant Curate (OLM) of the benefice of Mickleover, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Assistant Curate (OLM-to be known as Associate Priest) of the same benefice. Mr Godlington will be licensed on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 at 7.30 pm at All Saints Mickleover by the Bishop of Repton.

Dr Esther Elliott, Director of Studies, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Workplace Chaplain and Development Worker for Edinburgh West, based at Corstorphine Old Parish, Church of Scotland. Dr Elliott will leave her post on Friday, 9 November 2018.

The Revd Andrew Race, Assistant Curate of Littleover, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Vicar of Castle Donington and Lockington cum Hemington, Diocese of Leicester. Mr Race will be instituted and inducted to his new post on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

The Revd Susan McIvor, Methodist Minister at Sinfin Moor, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed District Safeguarding Officer with the Nottingham and Derby District of the Methodist Church. Ms McIvor moved on 6 August 2018.

Mr Ben Acty has been appointed as Warden of the Peak Centre in Edale and took up his post on 10 September 2018. 
Mr Acty's contact details are The Peak Centre, Champion House, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZA. Tel: 01433 670254 Email:

The Revd Ben Griffithsthe Revd Gill Turner-Callis and the Revd Dr David Mundy have been appointed as Assistant Diocesan Directors of Ordinands with immediate effect. Their contact details remain the same.

Important meeting dates.

General synod, Business Committee, Education, DAC, Cathedral Chapter and more - here you can download the dates for meetings in the Diocese of Derby

Important meeting dates.

General synod, Business Committee, Education, DAC, Cathedral Chapter and more - here you can download the dates for meetings in the Diocese of Derby.



We are one church in three locations, sharing in the same evangelical convictions. Coming from a wide variety of church backgrounds, we believe that the Bible is the revealed word of God and make it central to our Church life.

The verging team is responsible for ensuring that all visitors to Derby Cathedral are welcomed and engaged, and that services and other events run smoothly. The Head Verger is a key member of the senior staff who brings dynamic leadership to the verging team, enabling it to fulfil this function.

Click here to view the full job description

Enquiries in the first instance to Carol Thomas, Head of Operations -

Job Title - Head Verger
Reporting to - Head of Operations
Hours of work - 40 hours per week (shift pattern)
Location - Derby Cathedral
Key relationships - The role will work closely with the clergy, music department, welcomers and Cathedral wardens.

As I went to brush my teeth the other morning, I was halted in my tracks by a news item on the radio. The Church of England’s attendance figures had just been published. It wasn’t sounding good. The number of people attending church regularly on a Sunday had declined once again. I picked up the toothpaste with a sigh. And then I paused once again when the reporter went on to say, “But the number of people attending mid-week and occasional services is on the rise.” This, they concluded, was “evidence that the Church’s desire to relate to cultural change was beginning to bear fruit.”

We are so used to going to church on Sunday morning that we sometimes fail to see that those around us are out shopping. Or playing football. Or cleaning the car. Or working in Tesco’s. The ‘cultural change’ the news item referred to is the 24-hour culture we find ourselves in, where Sunday is no longer seen as a special day. Christians will always meet on a Sunday morning. We are, after all, celebrating the resurrection that first Easter Sunday. But for those on the fringes of the church, or for those with no church background at all, any day will do.

Christmas is the time when special services abound. Visitors will come to our churches for carol services, Christingles, school nativities and Midnight Mass. How will we welcome them? For those of us who preach, how will we connect the old familiar story with the lives of those sitting in front of us? How will we use our noticeboards and websites and parish magazines to invite them in?

The Church of England has produced some excellent materials called Follow the Star. Posters, invitation cards, ideas for families and churches are all included. You can find out more at  But whichever resources you choose, thank you to clergy, lay ministers, churchwardens, sidespeople, organists, choristers, bell ringers, welcomers, tea makers and washer-uppers who will make our churches across Derbyshire places of light and hope and joy this Christmas.

Amidst the busyness may you find time to ponder anew the mystery of our God who, “became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.” (John 1:14)

A very happy Christmas to you all!


The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane

Bishop of Repton and Acting Bishop of Derby

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