Derby Diocese E-news

Derby Diocese E-news 3 October 2017

The next issue will be Tuesday 17 October  2017. Please send any items for inclusion to by 1pm Monday 16 October 2017. 

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Freedom week

Freedom Week will take place from 15 - 22 October to remember and commemorate those who are trapped in modern slavery and the people who tackle this terrible crime. Once again there will be a Chain of Light and Prayer across the diocese in addition to other activities. 

Freedom Week will be launched on 14 October following Diocesan Synod at St Barnabas Centre, Danesmoor. There will be lunch available from 12.30pm followed with an act of worship, talks and discussion groups. Please RSVP to

More information and resources are available on our website  


Bishop's Badge 2017

Photos from the Bishop's Badge service on Sunday 24 September are available on our website,

You can read more about the service here 


Derby Cathedral School announces the appointment of its Headteacher and Chair of Governors

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. Read more


Joint Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward appointed by Diocese of Derby

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. Read more


Heritage Lottery Fund award to Swadlincote, Emmanuel

Emmanuel has received a confirmed grant of £142,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the repairs, development and heritage project, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to enable the church to continue to build on the existing heritage long into the future.

The repairs will begin as soon as possible and will be completed by September 2018. The development and heritage aspects are ongoing. 

The project aims to carry out essential repairs to make the building watertight and redecorate, improve access to heritage records and access to the building. An educational programme is also planned and will aim to be run in conjunction with local schools and the local history society at Sharpe's pottery, with volunteers given training so they can help.

Emmanuel was built in 1846, as part of the growth of the town of Swadlincote. It is built in the Early English style and is a Grade II listed building. It had strong connections with the Wragg family, who were local industrialists. They donated most of the stained glass windows, amongst other things. Now in the heart of the National Forest, Emmanuel offers a warm welcome, 171 years of history and space for quiet and prayer.


Clergy Conference Booking Deadline

The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 1AU, 13 - 15 November 2017

Just a reminder that the deadline for bookings is Friday 6th October .
For any who have not yet sent their forms now is the time. Please send your form together with your cheque where applicable ) to Marietta Forman at Derby Church House Full Street Derby DE1 3DR or email to


Launch of the Parish Giving Scheme

With the help of Bishop Jan and National Church Officers we are launching the Parish Giving Scheme! 

There are three launch events across the Diocese: 

  • Thursday, 5th October at Wingerworth, All Saints: Longedge Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield S42 6PU 

  • Wednesday, 11th October at Buxton, St John the Baptist: St John's Rd, Buxton SK17 6XG 

  • Monday, 16th October at Derby, St Augustine: Upperdale Road, Derby DE23 6BP 

Each event starts at 7.30pm, with refreshments available from 7:00pm and will end around 9.15pm.  

The events are aimed at Clergy, Churchwardens, Treasurers and Planned Giving Secretaries.  A letter of invitation has been circulated.   

Please make sure your parish is represented! 

David Mundy & David Meredith  
Parish Resource Officers 


The 2017 Morley Day

Practical Mysticism: Keeping Company with Evelyn Underhill

12th October, 10 am at St Thomas, Brampton, with Bishop Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton and Bishop Jack Nicholls
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was the first woman to lecture to the clergy in the Church of England and was one of the foremost 20th century Christian mystics.  The author of several books on spirituality, her work “Practical Mysticism” is subtitled “A Little Book for Normal People”. Her writings are as relevant today as they were for her First World War generation. Bishop Jan will be talking about the life of Evelyn Underhill and there is an optional workshop in the afternoon to discuss and explore the morning’s themes.
There is no charge for the day. But please book a by emailing to  or phoning 07592 303048. Full details are available on the School of Formation website 
The morning session will start with coffee at 10am for a 10.30 start, finishing by 12.30. The afternoon workshop will run from 1.15pm, concluding at 2.30pm.



Are you creative? Looking for a new challenge? Have a passion for press and social media? We could have just the role for you!  

Closing date for applications Tuesday 17 October, interviews on Thursday 19 October. 

For more information and to apply click here


The Revd Andy Bond, Curate of Penge Lane Holy Trinity, Diocese of Rochester, has been appointed Assistant Curate (to be known as Associate Minister) of Derby St Werburgh’s Bishop’s Mission Order, Diocese of Derby. Mr Bond was licensed to this post on Monday 18th September 2017. Mr Bond will continue to live in London and commute to the Diocese for the time being. His contact details are: St John’s Vicarage, St John’s Road, London SE20 7EQ, 07939 051990, email tbc. 

The Revd Ian Davis, Vicar of Hope, Castleton and Bradwell, will retire with effect from 15th November 2017. His final service will be on 15th October. 

The Revd Dr David Mundy, Assistant Curate of Bakewell, Ashford-in-the-Water with Sheldon and Rowsley, Diocese of Derby, will transfer his curacy and become Assistant Curate of the benefices of Glossop and Dinting Vale in the same diocese with effect from Sunday 1st October 2017. Dr Mundy’s contact details will remain the same. 

The Revd Canon Peter Walley will be Acting Archdeacon of Derby for the period 9th October until 2nd December, 2017. He should be contacted in the following manner: Email: Phone: 01332 388667

Mrs Rachel Shock will act as PA to Canon Walley. Her contact details remain as: Email:
Phone: 01332 388667 (office hours Monday-Thursday) 


School of Formation Training Calendar 

All diocesan training and learning opportunities are available under the School of Formation webpage. This complete list will make it easier to find training, it is constantly being updated with new events so do keep checking back. 

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