bakewell 5706 2Ashes were offered on the streets in several parts of Derbyshire to mark Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

Clergy and laity in Bakewell, Matlock, Ilkeston and Derby braved sleet and cold winds to offer prayers and ashes to shoppers, business people, cleaners, builders and tourists as they went about their daily lives.

Passers-by received a blessing and prayer card and were given the chance to receive ashes.

Some opted to have the sign of the cross, in ash, on their forehead, whilst others preferred to have it marked on the back of their hand.

“Ashes-To-Go” is a way of allowing those who are unable to attend services in churches to share a prayer, receive ashes, remember God and take a moment of reflection.

> See our Ashes-To-Go Photogallery on Flickr

Some of the prayer stations also offered red chocolate hearts as a reminder of both Valentine's Day and God's love.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm crosses that were blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants as a sign of penitence.

The ashing is usually accompanied by the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" - a reminder that our lives are short and we should live them to the fullest and change ourselves for the better.

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The Bishop of Repton, the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, was among those who formed part of the 'ashing' team in Derby, together with the Dean of Derby, the Very Revd Stephen Hance.

Also on the Streets was Derby's Canon Chancellor, the Revd Dr Simon Taylor.

He said: "We've met many different people. Some thought we were a bit mad and crossed the road to avoid us!

"Others were far more receptive.

"I bumped into one woman who had just got engaged this morning - Valentine's Day - and it's her birthday. She willingly showed off her ring - and as well as congratulating her, I also prayed for her. 

"Her partner is an atheist, but even he seemed pleased his new fiancée had been blessed!"

In Matlock, the Revd Richard Reade said Ashes-To-Go had definitely been worth the effort, despite the cold wind and some snow: "We've done good trade! A good number of people have stopped to receive ashes - more than I expected. It's been heart-warming."

rings no attribution neededFebruary 7th - 14th is UK Marriage Week - and to celebrate, we're going answer some of the common questions about getting married in an Anglican church... and possibly dispel some myths for you!

For example, you really don't have to be baptised before you can get married in church. And divorcees can, with the agreement from the priest, remarry in church.

Revd Canon Karen Hamblin, from St Mark's, Brampton, will be guiding us all through what you can and can't do when it comes to church weddings, how to go about it and how much it costs.

And we'll be sharing a couple of stories from people who have already taken the plunge.

Look out each weekday fo a new short video or story, which we'll link to for you here.

Weds 7th - Getting married in church - do I need to be baptised?

Thurs 8th - I'm divorced. Can I remarry in church?

Fri 9th - Can I choose ANY church to marry in?

Monday 12th - How much does it cost to get married in church?

And don't forget, we have a brilliant source of wedding information available that will give you loads of inspiration and help you plan your big day.

Find it at and start making plans!

AK 2People in Derby city centre and Ilkeston on Ash Wednesday should prepare to be ‘ashed’ in a custom dating back centuries.

Members of the clergy will set up temporary prayer stations outside Derby Cathedral and St Peter’s Church in Derby, and outside St Mary's in lkeston, and invite passers-by to join them in a prayer, before having their forehead marked with the sign of a cross in ash.

“Ashes-to-Go” has featured in Derby for the last three years as a way of allowing those who are unable to attend services in churches to mark the start of Lent.

And, for the first time, Ashes to Go comes to Ilkeston, where stations will be set up in the Market Place, Matlock (Crown Square) and Bakewell.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from the previous year’s Palm crosses and placing them on the foreheads of participants as a sign of penitence.

Canon Elizabeth Thomson of Derby Cathedral said: “People are surprised, interested and a bit intrigued to see us out on Ash Wednesday.

“Many have no idea why we are there or know about the custom, but most are receptive to the idea and will stop to have a chat and share a prayer.

“Others are more knowledgeable – last year, one woman said she was in a terrible hurry “but please say a prayer for me” – and rushed off!”

“I also had a wonderful conversation with a Hindu woman and we compared notes about how ashes are used in our faiths.”

John Puxtey, a Reader at St Mary’s Church, said: “I helped with Ashes To Go in Derby a couple of years ago and thought we should try it in Ilkeston.

“It is a great way to relate to people and remind them that Lent has started.

“I found that even people of little faith were receptive to the idea. Some people appreciated the prayer – some found it quite moving.”

Revd Carole Lloyd, Interim Priest in Charge at St Mary’s, said: “Some will be inquisitive, others will see it as rather weird.

“But anything that gives us a visibility in the community, rather than behind doors, has to be positive.”

Ashes To Go will be stationed outside Derby Cathedral and St Peter’s Church, Derby, between 12 and 2 pm on Ash Wednesday. In Ilkeston, ashes will be offered in the Market Place between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.


Sue Jones credit Rob Walker

We can announce today that the next Dean of Liverpool will be Revd Canon Dr Sue Jones. Sue currently serves as Director of Mission and Ministry, Diocese of Derby.  

Announcement from Liverpool Diocese
Welsh born Sue, a vastly experienced priest, is the first woman to hold the post of Dean here. She comes with plenty of cathedral experience having served as Acting Dean at Derby Cathedral and prior to that Dean of Bangor. We are expecting that Sue will bring a fresh style of Leadership that will continue to help our cathedral grow and serve Liverpool, our diocese and the surrounding region.
Sue said “when I came to be interviewed for this role I was struck by how suited Liverpool Cathedral is for the city. Its imposing physical stature is matched by the strong desire to serve the community. A people centred cathedral called to serve the people is a place that I felt God wanted me to be. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors stretching back to Dean Dwelly. I am looking forward to starting properly in the summer, working with the talented teams of volunteers, staff and clergy to continue the important work of the Cathedral”.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, The Bishop of Derby said “Sue has done an outstanding job in transforming opportunities for learning and mission in our Diocese.  We will miss her enormously.  However this new challenge will provide an exciting opportunity for her wisdom and gifts to be deployed for the flourishing of Liverpool Cathedral.  We wish her well and join our prayers with colleagues in Liverpool for God’s blessing.”
Bishop Paul, the Bishop of Liverpool said “We interviewed a number of outstanding candidates and I am delighted to say that Sue was the unanimous first choice of our appointment panel. The appointment of any ordained leader begins a new chapter in a community's life, and this is as true for a Cathedral as for a parish. It is a new venture for our Cathedral to have a woman as Dean - and Sue brings many team leadership qualities with her. It’s is also a new venture for us to receive someone who has been both an Acting Dean and Dean before -  and I know Sue will make her extensive cathedral experience count here in Liverpool. Above all the appointments panel was convinced that Sue’s personal qualities and leadership skill will provide warmth and guidance to the life of the cathedral as we enter a new phase of its life. Liverpool cathedral is in good shape. I am impressed by its clear vision and sense of collegiality amongst clergy, staff and volunteers as they seek to serve the city, region and diocese. Sue wholeheartedly supports that vision and will be working to cement its reputation and build its ministry.”
Canon Sue will be installed by the Bishop of Liverpool on May 5th at 3pm in Liverpool Cathedral

An appeal has gone out to church bell ringers around Britain to join in a major event later this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1.

The organisers of Battle's Over, a national and international event marking the armistice, wants to see more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals participate by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of November 11th 2018.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek is encouraging bell ringers to take part in Ringing Out for Peace.

He said: "We want this to be the most widespread ringing of church bells since the First World War.

It would be a fitting and moving tribute to the 1,400 or so bell ringers that we understand lost their lives during that war," said Mr Peek. "I have no doubt that dedicated campanologists in Britain and around the world will want to join in this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to everyone who served on the battlefields, the high seas and the home front."

Ringing Out for Peace is part of Battle's Over, day-long, unique commemoration of the end of the first world war taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Somaliland, the United States and Germany.

It begins at 6am on November 11th 2018 with lone pipers playing Battle's O'er, a traditional tune played after a battle, outside every cathedral in the country.

At the same time, pipers everywhere will be playing the same tune in their local communities around the world. The tribute is being organised with the assistance of Glasgow-based College of Piping, local pipe bands around the world, Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Force.

That evening, at 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations across the country, this will be followed at 7pm with WW1 Beacons of Light  signifying the light of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war.

Then at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will ring out in, Ringing Out for Peace, being organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, the representative body for groups who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel. It was founded in 1891 and represents 65 affiliated societies of local ringers from all over the British Isles and in Australia, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy.

Mr Peek said, "The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as the United Kingdom and other nations reflect on events a century ago, on the battlefields of Europe and at home in our factories and farms.

"I hope as many people as possible will join us in the Battle's Over events to mark the conclusion of the first world war and pay tribute to the loved ones who played their part."

Churches can register their involvement by completing the Ringing out for Peace entry form found here.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek has had the privilege of organising major national events and some of our country's most memorable spectacles for more than thirty years.

The event has four charities linked to it - The Royal Naval Association, Army Benevolent Fund - the Soldiers Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Merchant Navy Association.

More information on Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute 11th November 2018, and how to take part, can be found here.

The Revd Tony Luke is Chaplain to Derby County – but what does he actually do?

Tony Luke spends most of his time serving in the Derby Diocese – specifically in the parishes of Aston on Trent, Weston on Trent, Elvaston, Shardlow, Swarkestone, Barrow upon Trent and Twyford – a job he loves.

But one of his other loves is serving Derby County - and there are few fans who get as close to the action as Tony.

On match days he can been seen and heard passionately shouting his support from his seat in the North Stand.

Between matches he can be found at Moor Farm, providing support for the players and coaching staff - in fact, anyone who works for the club.

So for him, it’s a perfect combination – being able to serve his faith, his calling and his favourite team at the same time.

“I’m there to be available,” says Tony. “I’m not there to preach or to be evangelistic, but as part of the support network that everyone needs from time to time – to listen and to talk.

“So, I’ll ask players how an injury is coming along, talk about the last match, chat about new members of the family, offer condolences on a bereavement or whatever it happens to be, to open up the lines of conversation.

“I’m pastorally proactive, but spiritually reactive. I don’t initiate talk about faith with anyone at the club – but I’m very happy to talk about it with an individual when they want to.

“And every so often, someone will decide – sometimes out of the blue – that they want to talk about faith or something that’s playing on their mind.”

Confidence is key

Tony believes that long-term injury and worrying about falling out of the manager’s plans are the two things that can weigh on a player’s mind most because of the potential effects on their careers: “When a player has those things on his mind, there are usually very few people they can talk to about it at the club.

“Blokes aren’t always good at talking about their feelings at the best of times – and when they’re worried that their concern might get back to the boss, they’re even more cagey about expressing how they feel – about opening up.

“But the value of me, as the chaplain, is that they know I’m here - but not on the payroll of the club. So they know they can talk about things openly and not have to worry about it getting back to the coaching staff. That’s a huge thing.”

Having that trust between the staff and himself is key to Tony and he’s keen to ensure the players are as comfortable as possible: “A happy player is going to perform better on a Saturday afternoon and the team is feeling very positive at the moment.”

Tony says this positivity, along with the manager’s coaching style, is giving him plenty of cause for optimism about promotion: “Since Gary Rowett has come along, there is a very strong feeling of togetherness which also manifests itself on the field of play. There’s a very grounded set of lads there right now.

“Gary is very level-headed and a really good people manager – good at encouraging players and getting them to play to their strengths - and I am there for him as much as the players.

“We have a lot of strength and depth now. Some key people have been brought in to the spine of the team who have not only achieved promotion before but also bring a lot of experience in terms of game management – how to see a game out.

“With less than half of the season left and Derby County currently occupying 2nd spot in the Championship, our dreams of playing Premiership football next year are very much alive.

“Yes, I know we’ve been here in previous seasons and faded come February or March, but I have confidence in this current squad, precisely because they have confidence in themselves, in one another and in the manager.

“Add to this the attacking flair of Vydra, Lawrence, Winnall and Russell and we have a team, who both know that they can score goals and also keep clean sheets. That is a formula for promotion. Let’s hope I am right when April arrives!”

 Danger at The Den?

As for the next week: “We mustn’t let the fact that we comfortably beat the East End Lions 3-0 at Pride Park before Christmas, lead us into thinking that this will be a walk over.

“Millwall at home in The Den can be one of the more intimidating places to play. Indeed, one young player a few years ago always asked me to pray for him before going to Millwall, such was his anxiety! Of course, I did.

“Millwall (15th in the table) have recently pulled off some good results, so nothing can be taken for granted.

“However, I am sure that the Rams’ experience and confidence will see us get a result at The Den and help cement our 2nd spot.”

Do you agree with Tony? Have your say here.

Next time: Chaplain to the fans –Tony’s calling and how his work extends beyond Moor Farm.

Parishioners in Church Gresley have been settling in to their new place of worship.

Following the closure of St George and St Mary’s Church before Christmas, some of the church’s activities have moved to a temporary home at the Pingle Academy.

The Academy, on Coronation Street, Swadlincote, will host Sunday morning services for the foreseeable future, providing church-goers with a regular place of worship.

Evening services will continue at the church’s community centre on Church Street, Church Gresley.

But the church’s vicar, Revd Mike Firbank, stressed that despite the temporary move, it is still very much business as usual: “Many have made the transition and are enjoying our worship at the school.

“95 people joined us for our first Sunday at Pingle, which was fantastic, though there are still some who are grieving St George’s and not quite ready yet to take that step.”

The Sunday morning services are open to all to join in prayer, non-liturgical worship, socialising and the sharing of togetherness, peace and reflection. Children are able to join in special activities and there is a creche available for toddlers.

Mike Firbank believes the move to Pingle should be seen as an opportunity rather than a setback: “There is something extraordinary about God going before us and leading the way – helping us to see things from a different perspective.”

The church building was closed in December 2017 because it was discovered that the structure needs significant work to repair damage, thought to have been caused by a combination of ageing, weathering and vibration from nearby heavy traffic.

The repair bill is likely to be in the region of 300,000, which will include new roofs and new stone work and it is hoped that Heritage Lottery Funding will be available to finance much of the work.

It is likely to be around two years before the main church building can be brought back into regular use.

Many may remember Canon Michael Ridgwell Austin, a former curate and chaplain in the Diocese of Derby. Michael died peacefully on 29th December 2017, at the age of 84.

Michael was Perpetual Curate at St. Andrew’s Derby from 1960 – 1966, Chaplain at Derby Cathedral from 1966 – 1981, and Canon Residentiary from 1981 – 1985. He also lectured in Theology at Derbyshire College of Higher Education from 1966 – 1973 and as Principal Lecturer from 1973 – 1985. Michael went on to serve in the Southwell & Nottingham Diocese.

Among Michael’s links with the Diocese of Derby were a number of books reflecting on the people and clergy in Derbyshire; he also edited ‘Almost like a Dream’: A Parish at War, 1914–19 – Letters from the Front, originally published in the Parish Magazine of St Michael’s, Derby.

He leaves two grown-up daughters, Rachel and Catherine.

Derby Cathedral School, which was given the green light by the Department for Education to progress to the ‘pre-opening’ stage last year, has announced that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has secured their permanent site, having acquired the western half of the former Friar Gate Goods Yard site.

Derby Cathedral School will open in September 2018 in temporary accommodation at Midland House (Nelson Street, Derby), before moving to brand new state of the art facilities located at the Friar Gate Goods Yard site. The development and construction of the permanent site and buildings is expected to take three years.

Dean of the Cathedral, The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance says:

“Derby Cathedral School is opening in response to local support for our proposals to provide highquality education provision within a nurturing Church of England environment and to help meet the need for more Secondary School places.

We are delighted that we can now announce where the permanent site for the school will be. Friar Gate Goods Yard was our preferred location from the very beginning of the process due to its central location within close proximity to the Cathedral, and its need for development to enhance the infrastructure of the City”.

David Channon, Director of Education for the Diocese of Derby and CEO of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) says: “Following this significant milestone, the Trust and Project Team are working hard to develop plans for the refurbishment of the temporary site, appoint a full complement of staff for the first year, and finalise the education plans and policies which are being refined by our Headteacher Designate, Mr. Gordon Inglis. We are also continuing to work in very close partnership with Derby City Council in developing this exciting new school for the Children and Young people in Derby ”.

Admissions for Derby Cathedral School remain open and can be made via the school website:

Although applications will be managed outside the Local Authority coordinated admissions process in the first year, the Cathedral School team are working extremely closely with the relevant departments of Derby City Council. Applications are invited from those of all faiths and none.

Plans for the development of the 9-acre site secured are currently being progressed and will be shared with the community as soon as possible. Meanwhile, refurbishment works on Midland House (the school’s temporary site) will begin in the Spring Term 2018 to ensure that the building can meet the needs of a new Church of England secondary school opening in September 2018.

Following the news of arrests made in Chesterfield and Sheffield the following advice has been provided for churches: 

  1. People planning attacks always carry out reconnaissance.  If you are suspicious of someone visiting your church go and talk to them, ask if they are looking for anything in particular and engage them in conversation, they are less likely to come back if they are not ignored.
  2. Do not hold bags for anyone, even for a short time or within a cupboard, ensure all visitors keep their belongings with them at all times.
  3. We would also advise you download and familiarise yourselves with the ‘Citizen Aid’ app which offers practical advice on the ‘Run Hide Tell’ message, what to do during an attack and basic relevant first aid tips.  Just search ‘Citizen Aid’ on the internet or your mobile app store.

It is important to note that despite arrests taking place there is no need for panic or alarm. 

‘Christmas Lunch on Jesus’ has happened every year since 2010  – providing Christmas boxes containing turkey, vegetables, potatoes, gravy, Christmas pudding, crackers, chocolates, cranberry sauce, mince pies… everything needed for a really enjoyable and healthy Christmas lunch.

Last year we distributed 350 boxes to families and individuals on low income, who otherwise would struggle to afford a Christmas meal – feeding 1500 people. In light of the migrant crisis, we have worked closely with the British Red Cross to provide hampers for migrant families new to our city.

Nominations for boxes were received from Social Services, GPs, Women’s Refuge, Housing Associations, Churches, and other organisations.

To celebrate our link between Derby Diocese and Calcutta Cathedral, we also provide Christmas boxes for some of the poorest people in Calcutta’s slums, containing rice, lentils, dahl, biscuits, sweets…a Christmas feast for those who live in poverty on a daily basis. They distributed 380 hampers and served lunch for 1400 people in the Cathedral!

Volunteers will be coming to St. Peter’s in the City, St. Peter’s Street to help pack vegetables on Thursday, December 21st, and then the church becomes more like a warehouse as we pack and deliver the hampers on Friday, December 22nd.

Revd. Canon Paul Morris, Vicar of St. Peter’s in the City who oversees this project, says, "Last year, one person told me they only had £2 to last them until New Year's Day – how terrible is that?  "Some people are truly living in poverty. They have nothing. That's why this hamper is always so very well received into people's homes."

One volunteer said: "The project is amazingly worthwhile from many viewpoints. Of course, there are the families who receive the lunches, many of whom would otherwise have very little to be cheerful about at Christmas. Those who deliver the boxes come back with stories of people very grateful for the generosity of all those involved. It is also a real focus of community effort, from those who donate the costs of the boxes, to those who are involved in the planning to the many people who come from all over Derbyshire to pack the boxes, to those who deliver them.”

And another volunteer said: "People have been so happy when I've offered to put their name on the hamper list and it has made them feel so relieved as well. They have worried about how they are going to get through it. They have been amazed that we are able to do this for them. I met a lady who came to me, completely broken and depressed. She burst into tears as I started to ask her about her financial situation. She had quite a lot of arrears and was surviving on just £15 a week for food. She said this was all she could afford.  I offered her a food parcel and she sobbed with relief. I couldn't stop her crying. She'd been worried sick about Christmas and its expense."

Every year we have a couple of hundred volunteers from churches, businesses, charities and others who just hear about it and want to help pack and deliver – this year they include the Bishop of Derby and the Mayor of Derby.

Revd. Canon Paul Morris, Vicar of St. Peter’s in the City

The Bishop of Manchester has appointed Canon Jean Burgess, 55, to be the new Archdeacon of Bolton. Jean is currently Priest in Charge of the parish of St Alkmund and St Werburgh in Derby and Dean of Women’s Ministry in the Diocese of Derby.

Jean Burgess began her ordained ministry in the Diocese of Derby, when she became Assistant Curate at St George and St Mary, Gresley in 2003. In 2008 she was appointed Assistant Curate at St Alkmund and St Werburgh in Derby. She has been Priest-in-Charge there since 2013, when she also became Dean of Women’s Ministry. Jean is an Honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral and was appointed Assistant Archdeacon of Derby earlier this year. Jean also holds a Master's Degree in Theology and Pastoral Studies from Nottingham University.

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, said “I'm very much looking forward to Jean joining us as Archdeacon of Bolton. She is blessed with both a great heart and a wise head, both underpinned by a strong personal faith and a desire to learn and grow in Christ. She will be a huge asset in our leadership team, among the parishes, and in the wider community.”

The Bishop of Bolton, The Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft, said “I am delighted that Canon Jean Burgess is going to join our team as Archdeacon of Bolton. She is passionate about the mission of the Church and brings a wealth of experience of helping churches grow and thrive. Her unique and special gifts will be a great asset to the Archdeaconry of Bolton and to the wider diocese. We pray for her as she makes the transition from Derby to the Bolton Archdeaconry.”

Jean Burgess said, "I am thrilled to have been appointed Archdeacon of Bolton and I look forward to working together with the people of Manchester Diocese to enable us to embody the vision of becoming a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community."

Jean is married to Graham and has three grown up children, Emily, Charlotte and Joseph and one grandchild Alice. She expects to take up her new post in the week before Easter 2018.

The Sandford St Martin Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of the Bishop of Repton, the Right Reverend Jan McFarlane as its new Chair. In the role she will head the Trust's work advocating and lobbying for religious literacy in broadcasting at industry, parliamentary and regulatory level, including overseeing the UK's most prestigious awards for programmes exploring religion, ethics or spirituality.  She succeeds the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Lord Bishop of Leeds, who steps down following 9 years in role.

The Rt Rev Nick Baines said: “I am delighted to hand over The Sandford St Martin Trust baton to Jan McFarlane. She is experienced in the field of media and communications, and will apply herself to this new role with enthusiasm, vigour and wisdom. It has been a privilege to chair the Trust and I know it is now in the hands of an excellent new Chair. Jan’s skills and experience will help to take the Trust’s work even further in the coming years.”

On taking up the post, Jan McFarlane said: "I am very much looking forward to becoming Chair of the highly respected Sandford St Martin Trust. At a time when we need to understand and appreciate the role of faith in our world, and when we need to understand the similarities and differences between the major world religions, the need for excellence in religious broadcasting is greater than ever before.”

The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane was one of the Church of England’s first ten female bishops. She was educated first at Sheffield University, where she trained as a Speech and Language Therapist. She trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Bishop Jan was among the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in 1994 and she served in the Stafford Team Ministry before becoming Chaplain of Ely Cathedral from 1996 to 1999. She went on to become Director of Communications for the Diocese of Norwich for seventeen years, combining that role with those of Chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich and Archdeacon of Norwich. She served on the General Synod from 2005-2016 and helped to see through the vote allowing women to become bishops, despite undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer at the time.

Bishop Jan was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in June 2016, becoming the 9th female bishop in the history of the Church of England. She is the Bishop of Repton, the assistant bishop serving Derbyshire. She has contributed to several books of prayer and reflection for Church House Publishing and broadcasts regularly on local radio.

The Sandford St Martin Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation. It has been making annual awards for the best programmes about religion, ethics and spirituality since 1978. The Trust engages with a wide range of media organisations as well as with individual journalists, filmmakers, broadcasters and other media figures, many of whom give their time and expertise voluntarily to support the Trust’s work. The Trust believes the media can be a powerful tool to increase understanding of different perspectives and beliefs in our world, helping create greater understanding, tolerance and thoughtfulness. The Trust is politically independent and is not affiliated with any media company or organisation.  It does not proselytise on behalf of or promote any particular religion or faith, nor does it engage in religious activities itself.

You can read more about the Trust at

The PCC of St Wilfrid’s Church, Barrow upon Trent has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the “Transformation of St Wilfrid’s” project, it has just been announced. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to preserve and celebrate this important heritage site, transforming it into a multi-function building fit for community use, education and research, with the ability to sustain itself.  The first round pass of £597,400 includes development funding of £34,700 which has been awarded to help St Wilfrid’s PCC progress their plans to apply for the full grant at a later date. 

The project aims to carry out essential conservation and repair work, making it a welcoming place for users and visitors; restoring, enhancing and transforming the church both to conserve it against potential terminal decline but also to enhance the building’s suitability for wider community use.

St Wilfrid’s is an Anglo-Saxon parish church that was given to the Knights Hospitallers in 1165. The Knights made extensive extensions to the building, and it survives today in its structurally unchanged state since the dissolution of the Order in 1540. The project will provide an opportunity for all to explore various aspects of medieval life with workshops and activities inspired by the period.

Anne Heathcote, Project Leader, said “Thanks to the National Lottery players, not only can we now preserve our special heritage, but also make St Wilfrid’s a place for everyone to use and visit”

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “We are delighted that, thanks to people who play the National Lottery, we’ve been able to support these innovative proposals. St Wilfrid’s is a wonderfully historic site, and a treasured community asset, and we look forward to seeing the final plans in due course”.

The church is a wonderful piece of Hospitaller property. Preserving it and returning it to its original purpose as a building suitable for community use, whilst investigating its past, will provide a central point for scholars and an educational resource on medieval England in what has been a hidden history.

Notes to editors

St Wilfrid’s Church, Barrow upon Trent Derbyshire, PCC and Friends committee

The Parochial Church Council has responsibility for the running and upkeep of St Wilfrid’s Church and the Friends of St Wilfrid’s consists of a very large proportion (around 50%) of the parish community, who do not worship regularly but are keen to ensure that the building is researched, retained and used by the wider population for many other community uses.

The Friends have two main objectives - to further investigate the history and heritage of the building and to further extend the building's use for everyday community purposes.  The Friends routinely support the PCC with fund-raising and physical help.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.

Heritage Grants programme applications are assessed in two rounds.  A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

For further information please contact:

Jill Scarfe on  (07740 125990) or

Anne Heathcote, Project Lead, on (01332 703915 / 07887 656948)

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring as Bishop of Derby from 31st August next year.

It is an enormous privilege to be working with you in the Diocese and I hope that this early notice will give time for prayerful discernment of God’s call into the future.

There will be more details about farewells in due course.

Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel.

Every blessing.

Yours ever,



The Revd Canon Carol Coslett has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Chesterfield succeeding the Venerable Christine Wilson, who is now Dean of Lincoln Cathedral.

Canon Coslett is currently Rector of the United Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland in the Diocese of Southwark, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, as well as serving as an Acting Archdeacon, Assistant Area Dean of Reigate Deanery, and Diocesan Faith in the Countryside Rural Officer.  In these roles she has gained a great deal of experience which will assist her in her new position.

Before she was ordained, Carol gained an MA in Music Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Jesus College Cambridge in Music and Religious Education for Secondary.  She went on to train for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon before serving her curacy in the Diocese of Guildford.  In 2007 she became Rector of her present parishes.  Carol was appointed Faith in the Countryside Officer in 2011, which involves co-ordinating and networking across the Dioceses of Canterbury, Guildford and Chichester, as well as working across the same dioceses in her role of Chaplain for the Farming Community Network since 2012.  She has a keen interest in supporting the presence of the church in communities, and reaching out to those isolated particularly in semi-rural areas.

Carol loves walking, and is looking forward to exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her husband Martin, their two grown up children; David and Clara, and their Jack Russell (Fudge).  She also enjoys playing her clarinet, singing, reading, foreign travel, and visits to the opera, theatre and historic houses. 

Canon Coslett said, “I am very excited to be joining the Diocese of Derby, especially working with the clergy and parishes of the Chesterfield Archdeaconry.  I am particularly impressed by the new developments to use resources within the deaneries and I look forward so much to being able to visit the churches and get to know the communities in this wonderful part of Derbyshire.  It will be a real privilege to serve you as we ‘share Christ’s presence in every community’”.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted that Carol has accepted my invitation to join our team.  She brings an impressive range of skills and experience which will be a great gift to the future mission of our diocese.”

Canon Coslett will take up her new position in Spring 2018.


23rd October, 2017

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