The Revd Dr Stephen Hance, Dean of Derby

Sermon on the Cathedral film screenings

Sunday 2nd September 2018

August 2018

This September, Derby Cathedral will be hosting a series of films in collaboration with QUAD, our local arts centre and cinema. While some of the movies which will be shown in this season are very much viewing for the whole family – The Greatest Showman, for example – some are a bit edgier and have caused a certain amount of controversy in the Cathedral and beyond. A couple of these – The Wicker Man and Don’t Look Now, with which we open the season – are sometimes described as horror movies. Both are rated 15 and include brief sexualised scenes (not explicit as suggested by some media reports). Later in the season we show Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, which some have seen as a satire on Jesus and the Christian faith. I want to set out our reasons for doing this.

The first reason for hosting this season is to draw new people into the Cathedral. Derby Cathedral is the cathedral for everybody in Derby. The Cathedral does not belong to me, to the Diocese, or to those who worship here. It belongs to all, of whatever faith or none, whoever they are and whatever might be going on in their lives. Of course, this is much easier to say than it is to make real. Many institutions in the arts and heritage sectors wrestle constantly with how to reach new audiences, and in that sense cathedrals are no different. We have to make new connections and attract new people or risk becoming a relic of the past. Cathedrals have a particular opportunity here, because the evidence suggests that they continue to be seen as neutral spaces by many people in a way that parish churches are not. But that view needs to be continually reinforced by activities which reflect the open, inclusive role of the Cathedral. These film screenings will bring in people who would otherwise not come into our beautiful, evocative space. Some will be touched and moved by it in a way that may lead to return visits for other events.

25th July 2018

Derby Cathedral is safe, watertight and beautiful ahead of the forthcoming First World War centenary events, thanks to a £40m scheme to conserve and repair England’s cathedrals.

The cathedral was the first to benefit from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund and, as a result, was able to renew the nave roof, repair the Song School roof and carry out repairs to the wiring, and heating systems.

In a report published this week, immediate risks to cathedral buildings across the country have now been significantly reduced because of the scheme, launched at Derby Cathedral in 2014 by the then chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne.

Rachel Morris, chapter steward at Derby Cathedral, project-managed the repairs. Mrs Morris said: “For Derby, the scheme was a lifeline for the well-being of the building.

“Derby Cathedral was fortunate to receive funding for three essential projects from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

“Critical work to rewire the cathedral and connect gas for the first time was the first project, in 2015.

“The second project was to replace the Song School roof ensuring it remained water tight.

“Whilst working on the first project we discovered problems with the nave roof.  Design faults 50 years ago meant the lead had split causing leaks which we’d had to build scaffold and tarpaulin water traps to protect the interior, which had recently been completely redecorated.  In 2017 we spent nine months relaying the lead and replacing rotten joists in the roof.

“Without the funding it would have taken more than 20 years to raise the money required.  The funding provided means Derby Cathedral is now safe, watertight and beautiful for the people of Derby and Derbyshire to enjoy.”

Cathedral Librarian

Bio coming soon...

Cathedral Warden and Safeguarding Link for Children 

Gwyneth has been a regular worshipper at the Cathedral since 1975 when she joined the choir as a 9 year old. Over the years she has enjoyed volunteering in various roles around the Cathedral. Currently she is a warden, child safeguarding link, and she also washes and irons some of the white linen. Also Gwyneth is a soprano of the Voluntary Choir and Derby Choristers. She is a primary school catering supervisor. Married in 1990 at the Cathedral to Robert an engineer at Rolls Royce and they now have two grown up children. 

Cathedral Warden

Dave has returned to the role of Cathedral Warden along with his roles on Ministry of Welcome and the Social Committee, he is also involved in helping the vergers department especially on the maintenance and repair tasks.

His career prior to retirement was mainly in the aerospace industry and was a director of a local engineering company. He is still an active member of the Scouting movement and being a keen walker, is involved in the organisation of competitive walking competitions for Derbyshire Scouts. He is also involved in local amateur dramatics – backstage.

Head Server 

John's primary role is to organise and train the servers who assist the clergy in the Cathedral's main services. John has been involved with the Cathedral for over 50 years.A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, John worked for engineering companies in Derby until retirement and served as a Magistrate for over 20 years. He has been involved in Scouting since he was a boy and continues to assist when required. John was awarded an MBE for services to the Scouting movement in 2016. 
Keeper of the Treasures 
Derek has been a server at both the Cathedral and Bridge Chapel for over 30 years. Following his early retirement from staff of Lloyds Bank in 2003 he became a member of the Cathedral’s team of visitor guides. With the opening of the Cathedral Treasury in 2003 by HM the Queen, he has been responsible for the maintenance of the Treasury. Derek liaises with parishes in the Derby Diocese who wish to loan their silver etc for exhibition and is always available to parishes to talk about their silver and textiles conservation. A Vice President of Derby Civic Society and former Chairman of The Friends of Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derek is always keen to promote Derby’s great industrial and cultural heritage. 

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Schools Education Officer
Viv joined the Cathedral staff in 2010 having worshipped at the Cathedral for more than 20 years. Born in Nottingham she is an experienced primary school teacher having worked in Derby City and County for many years as a music specialist, which she combines with her role at the Cathedral. When not teaching she enjoys singing in the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir and Derby Choristers. She loves world travel, gardening, good food and the company of family and friends. She is secretly quite fond of fast cars and Star Trek.


Diary and Events Coordinator

Laura joined the Cathedral in June 2015 in the role of Diary and Events Coordinator. Laura’s background is in event management and she previously ran events for a number of organisations including the University of Derby.

A Fashion studies Graduate from the University of Derby, Laura still enjoys making and creating in her spare time and can often be found with a project or two on the go. Laura is from Derby originally and after spending time living in London and New York returned home a few years ago. When not working Laura likes to make the most of the local music and art scene within the city.

Note: Laura is currently on maternity leave for all events please contact Natasha Monaghan

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