‘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 www.sandfordawards.org.uk

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. www.hlf.org.uk.  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 jmgscarfe@yahoo.co.uk  (07740 125990) or

Anne Heathcote, Project Lead, on anneheathcote.ah@gmail.com (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

Derby Cathedral School is excited to announce the appointment of its Headteacher and Chair of Governors.

Gordon Inglis will be joining Derby Cathedral School as Headteacher Designate in January 2018 to prepare the school for opening at its temporary site at Midland House in September 2018. He leaves the highly regarded ‘The Bolsover School’ where he has successfully led the school for over ten years. Ofsted praised his leadership at the school, and in particular for engendering a strong set of values through the school where equality, tolerance and understanding lie at the heart of the curriculum.

“I have spent nearly 30 years in education, twelve as Headteacher. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience to help establish the Derby Cathedral School. I am eager to drive the curriculum development and instil our Christian ethos, and to work with Cathedral and Diocesan Trust colleagues to put everything in place for next autumn, including recruiting a team of equally excited and impassioned staff to make the school a success from day one.

“Choosing a child’s secondary school is one of the most important decisions that parents will make. Derby Cathedral School will have the advantage of being part of a wider Diocesan and academy trust (DDAT) family. I very much look forward to meeting parents and prospective students very soon to share my vision for Derby Cathedral School.”

Families with children due to start secondary school next September will have the opportunity to meet Gordon at open events currently being organised to take place prior to the admissions deadline on 31st October 2017. Details of the open events will be widely publicised on the school’s website and through Facebook. Parents are also encouraged to sign up to the school’s newsletter at: http://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/receive-our-newsletter/

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Brian Walker MBE as the Chair of Governors of Derby Cathedral School.

Brian has been the Headteacher of West Park School (Spondon, Derby) for 20 years and is wholly committed to improving educational performance across the city of Derby. West Park School is a high-performing mathematics and computing academy and is recognised as one of the best schools in the Country.  West Park School was acknowledged in March 2017 by Nick Gibb MP as being within the top 5% of schools nationally in terms of the progress made by pupils, using the Progress 8 measure. In addition, the Real Schools Guide 2017 announced West Park as being the ‘best school in Derbyshire’.

Brian is a National Leader in Education and his knowledge of the local, regional and national education landscape will provide Derby Cathedral School with firm foundations. 

Applications for a Year 7 place at Derby Cathedral School for September 2018 are now being accepted. In the first year, Derby Cathedral School will process applications outside the normal local authority process for coordinating school offers. This means parents will need to complete their LA common application form for other choices of school in addition to the online application for Derby Cathedral School. An application to Derby Cathedral School will be considered entirely separately and will not affect any other school applications made via the LA. It is, in effect, an additional choice  of school.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2017. Those offered a place at Derby Cathedral School will receive two offers from the LA on 1st March: one from their three LA choices and an additional offer from Derby Cathedral School. They can then decide which offer to accept. 

Applications can be made online at www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/apply/

The Bishop of Derby, The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern has expressed his delight in the number of people who have been nominated to receive “The Bishop’s Badge”.


The annual award recognises the outstanding contribution made to the community by church congregations. This year two services will be held to accommodate the number of people being awarded the badge and their families. The first service was held on Sunday 24 September and the second will be held this weekend, Sunday 1 October at Derby Cathedral.


This year 100 people have been nominated for the award alongside eight Young Vocations Awards and Six Project Awards (full list of those awarded below).


Talking about the awards, Bishop Alastair said: “It is a great joy to celebrate so many outstanding contributions to the life of both church and community.  The Bishop’s Badge is being awarded to individuals and groups, for service, projects and leadership that nourish our life together and show the sheer power of generous giving for the sake of others.”


Bishop’s Badge Case Studies


Mrs Jean Castledine from All Saints Bradbourne, her work in organising events to commemorate WW1.


Vicar Revd Canon David Truby wrote:

‘Jean conceived and organised the ‘thankful Village’ celebrations, in which Bradbourne celebrated the safe homecoming of its service personnel in both world wars. They were occasions that caught people’s imaginations as we remember the 100th Anniversary of WW1 and we can thank Jean that they happened in the first place.’


Mr Nick Green from St John the Evangelist, Derby for his work supporting the homeless and refugees


Revd Canon Elaine Jones wrote:

‘Nick gives a great deal of his time to serve the local community. He assists with the soup run and is a co-ordinator for the Derby City Night shelter. He has also taken a leading role in co-ordinating and delivering the offerings given for the refugee crisis, hiring and driving a lorry to take a load to Calais. Nothing is too much for Nick – he lives out his faith in service to Christ with humility and joy.’


Mrs Liz Bennett from St Michael’s Willington for her ongoing work in the community and church


Rev Sue Starkey wrote:

‘Liz does an incredible amount for the church and truly is one of those people who get things done and can be totally depended upon. Not only is she an active church member, but is also very involved in the community within the Scouts, the yearly carnival and as a first responder.’


Young Vocations Award Case Studies


William Davies from St Andrew’s Swanwick for his work with school chaplaincy team, young leaders group, setting up a parish youth group and taking youngsters to Soul Survivor festival.


Vicar Aron Simpson wrote:

‘Active member of the church family from a very young age, and regularly operates the sound desk and AV at most services. On the school Chaplaincy Team at St Mary’s High School, where he attends in Chesterfield. Involved with a monthly young leaders group, run by Valley CIDS, and is part of the team which takes youngsters to Soul Survivor every summer. Has been the main driving force behind the planning, and potential setting up, of a youth church in our parish. Has a real passion for helping other young people find and know Jesus.’


Three members of the choir at St Mary and All Saints Chesterfield, Josh Preston, Adam Emmerson and Joshua Allen were nominated for their service to church music and between them they also volunteer in the church shop, work alongside the verger’s team, steward at concerts and engage in community work and fundraising.


Project award nominations


Project nominations include two projects to develop church buildings to make them a better community resource at St Mary’s Crich and St Michael and All Saints Hathersage.  Four groups engaging with their community in new ways – Lunch with Ashgate Croft where a team from St Thomas Brampton support their local special needs school in preparing and serving lunches to local people living alone; Knit and Natter Group from St John the Evangelist Hazelwood producing baby hats and blankets for babies in Ghana; Community Action Group organising the church’s engagement with the community from Holy trinity  Matlock Bath and the News Chat group gathering in a pub in West Hallam to discuss issues arising in the newspapers.

Photos from the service on Sunday 24 September are available on our website, www.derby.anglican.org  please credit The Diocese of Derby if used.


Full list of those receiving the awards is available here: http://www.derby.anglican.org/en/publications/download/2189_34d9f27fed68acfff90f3ea60b5907f5.html


For more information please contact:


Revd Nicky Fenton



Or, Lucy Harrison




The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby is pleased to announce that Rachel Morris has been appointed as Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward.

This innovative joint role will allow Rachel to continue to lead on the Cathedral’s strategic plan whilst helping to develop that of the diocese.

In making the announcement Bishop Alastair said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the diocese as it will create an opportunity to model collaborative working in a creative and innovative way”.

In the coming weeks, a new post will be created within the Cathedral structure which will enable Rachel to transition into her new role. Details regarding the new post will be communicated after a small team have developed the responsibilities and duties for the role, and consulted colleagues.

All senior staff including the new Dean Designate are supportive of this appointment, and wish Rachel well as she commences in her new role.


Talking about her new role Rachel said: “It will enable us to achieve much closer collaboration between the Diocese and Cathedral in mission planning, thinking and opportunity, whilst at the same time respecting the integrity and separateness of Cathedral and Diocese. “


Notes to editors

Rachel Morris was appointed as Chapter Steward and Administrator to Derby Cathedral in January 2015 following 10 years working for YMCA Derbyshire as Head of Housing and Communities.  

During her time at Derby Cathedral Rachel has projected managed the major refurbishment of the Cathedral which came in within budget and has been nominated for several awards. She has also recently been awarded the WATC Rising Star Award for Property and Facilities Management and CEO Monthly’s Female CEO Excellence award.

Her previous work at Derbyshire YMCA included responsibility for housing, childcare, training and community service. Rachel managed a team of 80 people and a turnover of £1.8 million per year. During this time, she also oversaw the build of a new £4.2 million building.  

Earlier roles include Project Manager at Stonham Housing “Home Group” and various operational and development management post across the Midlands for Bass Leisure Retail.

Two young people are being given a taste of life behind the dog collar with the launch of a Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES) run by the Diocese of Derby.

The scheme called ‘The Imagine Community’ is a one year programme of theological teaching, practical experience and personal development for young people aged 18 – 25 who are considering future ministry in the church.

The young people will work alongside experienced priests as they experience parish ministry and church life. The group will live together in the Imagine Community House as a community. This will include eating together, sharing chores, praying together whilst being supported by the community chaplain.

Canon Geraldine Pond, Diocesan Director of Vocations said: “As a Diocese we have a vision and commitment to see people discern God’s call in a variety of ways.  This scheme will allow young people to test and explore their vocation, whilst also supporting the mission and ministry of the Diocese.  I’m excited to join them on their journey.”

We are delighted to invite you to come to The Lodge at St Osmund’s church, Derby Road for a cup of tea and piece of cake4-5pm on 20th September to meet the two new members of the Imagine Community. We will be joined by The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton who will officially welcome them to the diocese.

About the new members of the community:

Patrick Tompkins

Patrick Tompkins is 22 and originally from Lincoln. He has studied computing and has previously worked within the care sector.

“I have been very engaged with my previous church, St. Swithins in Lincoln, and had been volunteering with them for the past year.  I am looking forward to this opportunity to improve my skills relevant to working within the church, and to further develop my personal relationship with God.”

Seamus Hargrave

Seamus Hargrave is 23 and originally from Wales

"Since about the age of 7 I have felt something of a call to ministry, but have been very confused and uncertain how to peruse it. I am therefore very excited to be a part of Derby Imagine Community and hope it shall help me to explore more fully how to serve God and the community. My grandmother lived in Chaddesden most of her life, so returning to Derby to explore my Future, has given me a sense of familial comfort and peace. I hope I shall be able to put into practice some of the theology theory I was taught in Uni and am very eager to see what new opportunities and formation St Osmunds and Edmunds offers over the next year." 

Page 1 of 23

The Diocese of Derby

Contact Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650 (reception)

Church House reception: