The National Monument Against Violence and Aggression
Outside Derby Cathedral - Thursday 3 October to Tuesday 29 October 2019
It's a sad fact that knife crime is rising across the country.
The Knife Angel’s presence in Derby is very much a symbol of the hard work of partners and communities across Derbyshire to halt this rise.
You can show your support and join us in standing up to knife crime. If you have any information, report it to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you are a young person you can find out more about knife crime by visiting: https://www.fearless.org/en
The spectacular, 27 feet high sculpture is made from around 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife amnesties during police surrenders across the country.
The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre with sculptor Alfie Bradley.
Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture.
The Knife Angel has visited many cities in the UK and is in Derby throughout most of October.
Rachel Webb, whose 22-year-old son, Tom, was killled in St Peter’s Street, Derby, after being stabbed by a 16-year-old in 2016, has been instrumental in bringing the Angel to Derby.
In the year that Tom was killed, Rachel supported a knife surrender held across Derbyshire and knives from this were donated towards the creation of this sculpture.
Derby Cathedral is pleased to be hosting the sculpture for the duration of its stay in the city, but many organisations have worked together to make the visit to Derby possible.
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The Dean of Derby, The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, has been appointed National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England.
This announcement was made to the congregation at the 10.45am Eucharist service on 7th July 2019 and the Church of England made the announcement the following day.
The Dean said “I am a missioner at heart, passionate about growing the Church and helping people come to faith in Christ. My new role is all about enabling the Church of England to focus on these priorities and as such, it is one I had to say yes to. I will be sorry to leave Derby but grateful for all we have accomplished here together. The Cathedral and Diocese will remain in my heart and my prayers.
Stephen’s last service will the 10.45am Eucharist on Sunday 1 st September 2019 and will take up his new role at the end of September.
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 October. This will be published on the Cathedral website as soon as it has been adopted.