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:

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

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,  please credit The Diocese of Derby if used.


Full list of those receiving the awards is available here:


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." 

God, you have given me every good and perfect gift,

and you are generous without finding fault.

Help me to stay calm as I wait for news.

Whatever happens, be with me,

and help me to know the wisdom

That comes from heaven,

Through Jesus Christ your Son.


A City centre church is being bought back to life this autumn after having been closed for more than 30 years.

St Werburgh’s Church on Friar Gate closed in 1986 after which part of the building became a shopping arcade and later a Chinese restaurant. It is also famous for being the wedding venue of Samuel Johnson in 1735.

The church is now being reopened by The Diocese of Derby with the aim to reach and engage with students and young adults thanks to its location at the heart of Derby’s night life.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, has invited Revd Phil Mann and his wife Anna to come and lead the new church and they are busy building a team to join them in this new adventure.

Phil, 39, has 17 years’ experience in church leadership. He was youth pastor in Guildford for 10 years where he planted and led a youth, student and young adult congregation. He was then Associate Rector at St James Gerrards Cross and for the past year has been at Holy Trinity Brompton, the home of the Alpha course. The new church is a joint plant with St James Gerrards Cross and Holy Trinity Brompton, who have planted almost 40 churches over the past 30 years in London and across the country. Phil and Anna have three daughters.

Phil said ‘We are so grateful to Bishop Alastair and the Diocese of Derby for inviting us to take on this exciting initiative. We are thrilled to be moving to Derby and look forward to working together with other churches and organisations in serving the people of this city.

We have a lot to learn and are so grateful to everyone who has offered encouragement and support as we embark on this challenging opportunity. Our vision for St Werburgh’s is to build an authentic community, which is Christ centred, that plays our part in transforming the city and beyond.’

Bishop Alastair said:

“The launch of the Resource Church is an exciting occasion, and an important sign.  We celebrate a previously redundant church brought back to life in the heart of our city.  This is a project based on partnership between the Diocese, and Holy Trinity Brompton, supported by the National Church.

I am delighted to welcome Phil Mann and his team, and look forward to our work together – not least in our outreach to young people and families.”

The church is hoping to launch mid-September and is looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and traditions. For more information about the church find us on Facebook @stwerburghsderby

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Parachinar in Northern Pakistan is in a tribal area of high radicalisation with many refugees as it lies only twenty-five miles from the Afghan border. The people have suffered greatly because of terrorism and sectarian clashes and they need to experience healing and to discover a better way of living together harmoniously based on understanding and tolerance rather than fear and prejudice.

After eight years of negotiation with the government, Bishop Humphrey has been given a disused building and permission to open the first Church School in the area on the understanding that Muslims and Christians, boys and girls will be educated together. This timely project will help prevent further radicalisation and extremism and give children in the area hope and the possibility of a different future. 

Through your donations and support, Muslim and Christian children can build a future for themselves free from radicalisation. 

Talking about the appeal, Bishop Alastair said: "This year's Harvest Appeal offers a timely opportunity for us to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to show solidarity with the Anglican Church in Pakistan. Please support it generously - so that God's grace can be a blessing through our commitment."

For further information please contact the Bishop's Office on 01332 840132. 

Eight men and women joined the Diocese of Derby’s team of clergy on Sunday 2 July as they were ordained deacons by the Bishop of Repton, the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane.

The six women and two men bring a huge breadth of background and experience to the Diocese of Derby. Between them, they have worked in a wide range of sectors, including teaching, accountancy and engineering, before responding to God’s call to serve their local communities as Christian leaders.

The eight new deacons will be working in churches across Derbyshire, leading public worship and serving their local communities. Deacons will normally go on to be ordained as a priest a year later.

This year’s ordinations will also be marked as the first time a female bishop has ordained deacons at Derby Cathedral.

Bishop Jan said:

“It is a huge privilege to have ordained eight new members of the clergy this weekend, not least because being a relatively new bishop it was the first time that I have conducted an ordination. Derbyshire will be blessed by the ministry of these newly ordained deacons as they go to work in parishes across the county and it’s always encouraging to see God continuing to call men and women to serve him in this way.”

To find out more about this years’ deacons please click here

Six deacons were also ordained as Priests at a service at Derby Cathedral on Saturday 1 July.

To see photos from Sunday’s ordinations, click here


Full list of new deacons

The full list of deacons who have been ordained this year is below, together with the parishes they will be serving.

  • Edward Backhouse*: Aston on Trent, Elvaston, Weston on Trent and Shardlow, Barrow upon Trent with Twyford and Swarkestone
  • Kate Buckley: Walton-on-Trent with Croxall and Rosliston (in the benefice of Walton-on-Trent with Croxall, Rosliston with Linton and Castle Gresley), the benefice of Stapenhill Immanuel, the parish of Coton-in-the-Elms (in the benefice of Seale and Lullington with Coton-in-the-Elms), the benefice of Swadlincote and the parish of Hartshorne (in the benefice of Hartshorne and Bretby)
  • Paul Desborough: Boulton
  • Stella Greenwood: Swadlincote and the parish of Hartshorne (in the benefice of Hartshorne and Bretby)
  • Julie Lomas: Brampton St Mark
  • Anne Phillips: Matlock Bank and Tansley
  • Frank Startin: Winshill and Bretby
  • Sarah Watson: Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry
  • Linda Webb: Hulland, Atlow, Kniveton, Bradley and Hognaston

*Edward will be ordained on Sunday 9 July at All Saints Church, Aston on Trent by The Bishop of Derby

Full list of those ordained Priest

The full list of those ‘priested’ this year is below, together with the parishes they will be serving.

  • James Durrant: Derby St Alkmund and St Werburgh
  • Darren Howie: Derby St Peter and Christ Church with Holy Trinity
  • Giles Orton:* Long Eaton St Laurence and Ilkeston Holy Trinity
  • Lindsey Pearson: Wirksworth Team Ministry
  • David Walker: Dronfield and Holmesfield Team Ministry

*Giles was ordained as Priest by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet at 7pm Derby Cathedral

Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson will be joining the Diocese of Derby as Assistant Curate in the Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry following her ordination on Sunday 2 July 2017. 

Derby County fan Sarah originally trained as a secondary school teacher, becoming Head of Faculty and Lead for Christian Distinctiveness at Bluecoat Academy in Nottingham. During this time, she began to experience a call to ordained ministry.

“Through working for the Church of England in education & becoming increasingly involved in school chaplaincy, pastoral care and leading worship I began to feel a call into ordained ministry.  I prayed this through, tested it with others & had the calling affirmed by the church.” Said Sarah.

After leaving teaching in 2015 Sarah trained at the newly formed Barnabus Training Centre of St Hild College. This involved a mix of weekly lectures in Sheffield, home study and a placement at St Paul’s Church in Chester Green. She also took part in week long residential study period in Durham, providing a chance to return to where she studied for her undergraduate degree in Theology. 

Sarah said: “This way of training is increasing popular, especially for those with a family and partners in employment.  I trained alongside Baptists and independent church leaders as well people from different traditions within the Church of England, which was enriching. Going away to college has its benefits but contextual training has been a great preparation for life in ordained ministry. I loved the college, the course and the people I met, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”

Talking about what she hoped to achieve in her new role in the Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry, Sarah said: “It may sound simple but I want to serve the people I am called to work with, understand the context well, seeking where God is at work and joining in. As a natural activist, it is easy to jump in but I want to go there, listen and follow God’s lead. I also have a lot to learn along the way in parish ministry and would also like to explore aspects of chaplaincy. It will be an adjustment for myself and my family and I am sure that through it I will be changed as God continues to work in and through me”

She added: “To anyone else considering taking this step I would say - Pray, pay attention to the ‘still small voice,’ talk with people you trust and have a chat with your incumbent. Don’t compare yourself to others, the key question is, is God calling you? I have really enjoyed the journey and don’t be afraid to step out from what you are doing”

Sarah lives in Derby and is married with a son. 

Sarah Watson will be ordained as Deacon at a special service on Sunday 2 July at Derby Cathedral led by The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane. This year The Diocese of Derby will ordain nine new Deacons. 

Ordinations will be taking place throughout the country over the weekend (1-2 July), as part of the celebrations, those being ordained, their friends, family, congregations and clergy are being encouraged to use twitter to congratulate and celebrate with the tag #NewRevs


Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley will be joining the Diocese of Derby as Assistant Curate following her ordination on Sunday 2 July 2017. She will serve the communities of South Derbyshire (The parishes of Walton-on-Trent with Croxall and Rosliston in the benefice of Walton on Trent with Croxall, Rosliston with Linton and Castle Gresley, of the benefice of Stapenhill Immanuel and of the parish of Coton in the Elms in the benefice of Seale and Lullington with Coton in the Elms, and of the parishes of Swadlincote and Hartshorne).

Now retired, Kate originally trained in hotels before moving into administration and secretarial work in a number of different industries – from concrete pipe manufacturers to chartered quantity surveyors. She lives in Burton on Trent with her dogs and has two sons and eight grandchildren.

Talking about her journey to ordination Kate said:

“I had originally expected a quiet retirement but God clearly has other plans and I have felt Him beside me every step of the way”

She added:

“If anyone were to ask I would suggest that, if they feel called to serve God as Priest then they should certainly try. The consultation process, the examination of vocation and the support I have received during my own journey, has been amazing and rewarding in ways I could never have imagined. It really has been a wonderful adventure.”

Kate Buckley will be ordained as Deacon at a special service on Sunday 2 July at Derby Cathedral led by The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane.  This year The Diocese of Derby will ordain nine new Deacons.

Ordinations will be taking place throughout the country over the weekend (1-2 July), as part of the celebrations, those being ordained, their friends, family, congregations and clergy are being encouraged to use twitter to congratulate and celebrate with the tag #NewRevs

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