Join us for an evening of highly personal, in-depth conversation with Simon Thomas, as he talks about his new book Love, Interrupted, and gives an insight into early bereavement and how to come to terms with sudden loss.
When Simon Thomas lost the woman he had loved for 16 years, the future he had imagined for their happy family disappeared for ever. Gemma died from acute myeloid leukaemia, just three days after being diagnosed. Afterwards, Simon didn't know how to carry on. He just knew that, for the sake of his son, he had to find a way ...
Love, Interrupted tells the story of a man deeply traumatised by the death of his soul mate. It asks some hard questions about how you carry on when the light of your life has been extinguished. But it also gives immense hope to anybody who has been bereaved. Simon is still learning how to live without Gemma, but the lessons he's already learnt have given him so much more hope for the future.
This intimate event will start with a Q&A’s and then an opportunity for Simon to sign his book – Love, Interrupted. Simon’s book is available to purchase from The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral or on the night.
Tickets available from The Sanctuary At Derby Cathedral priced at £5.00 per person to include a complimentary glass of wine or juice.
We are looking for an entrepreneurial individual who combines strategic and innovative thinking with passion and sound leadership and management skills. The successful candidate will have the credibility and ability to build strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and will play a lead role in developing relationships with key funders.
The Cathedral’s financial position in terms of assets is currently secure but it is absolutely dependent on its current levels of funding from the Church Commissioners and congregational giving. It has no debt, but it relies on a tight budgeting process to carry it through each year, maximising income and controlling cost. The Cathedral lacks the historic financial resources which would enable it to be resilient in adverse circumstances, or to take steps to improve its financial position significantly.
The Chapter aims to address this challenge by working towards improved financial stability through mission and outreach as well as through direct fundraising.
The Cathedral has an ideal opportunity to promote itself as a leading cultural and artistic venue in the City and engage with a diverse range of promoters and artists in order to appeal to a wide audience across the Region. Significant opportunities will arise to work collaboratively with the City’s other Heritage partners to build Derby’s brand as a visitor destination, particularly with the opening of Derby’s Museum of Making in 2020.
The Business Development Manager will work with the Cathedral leadership team to maximise revenue from use of our buildings and networks, evaluating opportunities, planning creative events, and engaging with actual and potential stakeholders in the wider community with the clear aim of releasing new income streams to ensure future financial sustainability.
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Dr Christina Baxter
Richard became Canon for Liturgy at Derby Cathedral in September 2018 and has the responsibility for worship and music including preparing the many special services which take place at the Cathedral in the course of a year.
Born in Bedford, Richard was a teacher before ordination and trained for the ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in California. After a curacy in Worcester Diocese, he moved to Derby for the first time to become Chaplain of what is now Derby University, before becoming vicar of Chellaston and then vicar of Spondon, when he was also chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. Immediately before coming to the Cathedral he spent thirteen years away from the Diocese as Team Rector of Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
Richard is married to Alison and they have two grown-up sons. As a family, they are keen Derby County FC supporters and love the Northumberland coast where they own a holiday property.
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Derby Cathedral was visited by SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) for an audit of safeguarding provision in March 2019. The report from the Audit is published today. The Chapter of Derby Cathedral welcome the report, which will now form the basis of the Cathedral’s work on safeguarding for the future The Chapter are committed to safeguarding all at Derby Cathedral. An action plan will be adopted by the Chapter at its meeting in September. This will be published on the Cathedral website as soon as it has been adopted.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Music at Derby Cathedral. Alexander Binns is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and held organ scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Marylebone Parish Church and Southwark Cathedral before taking up his present appointment as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2016. Alex will be taking up his position at Derby Cathedral after Easter, when we look forward to welcoming him with his wife Dora and young son Peter.
The next Bishop of Derby will be the Right Reverend Libby Lane, Downing Street has announced.
Bishop Libby is currently the Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester – a post she has occupied since 2015.
Libby describes Derbyshire as ‘the place that holds my heart’. She grew up in Glossop in the north-west of the county and was selected for ordination while working in the parish of St Thomas Brampton, Chesterfield.
Bishop Libby said: “I am excited and privileged to have been called to serve as Bishop of Derby.
“I grew up here and my vocation was fostered here. Derbyshire nurtured me and brought me to faith and I want to love Derbyshire back.
“I want to lead a church in Derbyshire where people find hope because they know they are loved by God in Christ, and I pray that hope sets us free to live our lives in ways that bring change for good.”
On hearing the news, the Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Dr Stephen Hance, said: “I am thrilled that Libby is coming to be our bishop. Her roots are here in Derbyshire, and we are all very much looking forward to welcoming her home and working with her in the months and years ahead.
“This announcement presents us with an opportunity to think afresh, about who we are and who we hope to be, about the opportunities and challenges that face us as we move forward.”
Bishop Libby is marking today’s announcement by visiting a number of communities in the Diocese. She started the day, with her husband, George, her two grown-up children, Connie and Benedict, in her childhood hometown of Glossop, where her parents still live.
From there, she travelled to Bolsover, a former mining town, in the north-east of Derbyshire, meeting children and staff at Bolsover C of E Junior School and taking part in their assembly. She invited the children to help her with a short talk about the Nativity.
Libby is also revisiting the church of St Thomas in Brampton, Chesterfield, where she will meet women in their Knit and Natter meeting and a men’s social group, known as Thom’s Blokes, who will be enjoying a special Christmas lunch.
Later, she will meet members of the farming and agricultural communities in Alderwasley, before a reception at Derby Cathedral, where she will meet local faith and community leaders. Libby will end her day joining Evening Prayers at the Cathedral from 17:15.
The service to install Bishop Libby in Derby Cathedral will take place after Easter.