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23rd October 2017

The Revd Canon Carol Coslett has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Chesterfield succeeding the Venerable Christine Wilson, who is now Dean of Lincoln Cathedral.

Canon Coslett is currently Rector of the United Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland in the Diocese of Southwark, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, as well as serving as an Acting Archdeacon, Assistant Area Dean of Reigate Deanery, and Diocesan Faith in the Countryside Rural Officer.  In these roles she has gained a great deal of experience which will assist her in her new position.

Before she was ordained, Carol gained an MA in Music Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Jesus College Cambridge in Music and Religious Education for Secondary.  She went on to train for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon before serving her curacy in the Diocese of Guildford.  In 2007 she became Rector of her present parishes.  Carol was appointed Faith in the Countryside Officer in 2011, which involves co-ordinating and networking across the Dioceses of Canterbury, Guildford and Chichester, as well as working across the same dioceses in her role of Chaplain for the Farming Community Network since 2012.  She has a keen interest in supporting the presence of the church in communities, and reaching out to those isolated particularly in semi-rural areas.

Carol loves walking, and is looking forward to exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her husband Martin, their two grown up children; David and Clara, and their Jack Russell (Fudge).  She also enjoys playing her clarinet, singing, reading, foreign travel, and visits to the opera, theatre and historic houses. 

Canon Coslett said, “I am very excited to be joining the Diocese of Derby, especially working with the clergy and parishes of the Chesterfield Archdeaconry.  I am particularly impressed by the new developments to use resources within the deaneries and I look forward so much to being able to visit the churches and get to know the communities in this wonderful part of Derbyshire.  It will be a real privilege to serve you as we ‘share Christ’s presence in every community’”.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted that Carol has accepted my invitation to join our team.  She brings an impressive range of skills and experience which will be a great gift to the future mission of our diocese.”

Canon Coslett will take up her new position in Spring 2018.

 

Saturday 9th September 2017

Adventurous participants will get the rare opportunity to abseil from the second highest cathedral tower in the country. Those doing the abseil will climb the 189 steps of the historic 212ft high tower to the top and enjoy perhaps the finest views of Derby city center. They will then make an exciting descent back to the ground by abseiling down the outside of the tower.

Minimum sponsorship option:

Registration Fee: £20

Minimum fundraising target: £100

For more information about this challenge and to discuss fundraising requirements please call the fundraising team on 0800 952 1133 or email at fundraising@rainbows.co.uk.

5th June 2017

Downing Street has this morning (Monday 5th June 2017) announced that The Queen has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance as the next Dean of Derby. He succeeds The Very Revd John Davies as Dean, following his move to Wells Cathedral in 2016.

Dr Hance is to take up his position later in the year. He currently serves as Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral and Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark, a position that he has held since 2013. In this role, he has taken a lead on the outward-facing aspects of Southwark Cathedral's ministry and played a key role in developing diocesan mission strategy.

He will be bringing to Derby his years of experience promoting the mission of the Church and growing church congregations. During his time in Southwark he founded the Cathedrals and Growth Network which seeks to share good practice amongst cathedrals and enable them to grow in numbers, depth of faith and impact. He became a member of General Synod in 2015 and has published three books and contributed to others on Mission Action Planning, and sacraments and Fresh Expressions of church. He is currently editing a new book on forgiveness.

Stephen joins Derby Cathedral at an exciting period of change. A major building project to re-lead the nave roof is nearing completion, and follows the renewal of the Cathedral interior two years ago. Further plans for the building include the refurbishment of the unique Compton organ, the replacement of the fixed pews with moveable seating to make the building more accessible for services and events, and the use of digital technology to help visitors discover the historical and spiritual riches of the Cathedral. The project to open Derby Cathedral School, a new Church of England secondary school for the city, is well under way. Stephen will be pivotal in all these exciting developments for the Cathedral and the city of Derby.

9th June 2017 

On Thursday 15th June 2017 Derby Cathedral will take part in the event by ringing from 7.30 pm - 8.15 pm, following its evening Corpus Christi Eucharist.

BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role. The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day, with over 200 bellringing groups taking part.

This year's theme is the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight. Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music explains: "BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home."

19th April 2017

On Sunday 30th April 2017 there will be peal attempt on the Cathedral bells, involving the local ringers. Ringing will start shortly after 2pm and will finish before Evensong at 6pm. More information Derby Cathedral Bellringing can be found here>>

Derby Cathedral is saddened to hear of the passing of the Rt Revd Michael Perham, former Bishop of Gloucester and the last Provost and first Dean of Derby.

Bishop Michael served the Cathedral for almost six years - first as Provost, and then as Dean - and oversaw the fundraising efforts to acquire and finally open the Cathedral Centre opposite the Cathedral in 2004, which houses an award-winning Bookshop and Café alongside the Cathedral offices.

We are grateful for his ministry and his dedication; he will be in our prayers

19th April 2018

Derby Cathedral is saddened to hear of the passing of the Rt Revd Michael Perham, former Bishop of Gloucester and the last Provost and first Dean of Derby.

Bishop Michael served the Cathedral for almost six years - first as Provost, and then as Dean - and oversaw the fundraising efforts to acquire and finally open the Cathedral Centre opposite the Cathedral in 2004, which houses an award-winning Bookshop and Café alongside the Cathedral offices.

We are grateful for his ministry and his dedication; he will be in our prayers

A Spring Charity Concert

Saturday 27th May 2017, 7.30 pm

Featuring Derwent Brass, offering an evening of classical big band and film music.

Tickets are priced at £12 and are available online or by phone 01332 341516

Proceeds are in aid of Children First Derby & MacMillan Cancer Support.

19th February 2017

Cathedral and University partnership to explore the relationship between science and faith

A grant of £9,450 has been awarded by the Templeton Foundation to the University of Derby and Derby Cathedral for an exciting new project exploring the relationship between science and faith. The project, called ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’, draws upon the city’s long heritage of science and engineering, and aims to make connections among scientific enquiry, religious faith and working lives to explore the ‘entanglement’ of all three.

Many of the city’s great 18th century scientists and industrialists were members of church congregations, and their advancements are memorialised on the walls of the Cathedral. By exploring the relationship between their faith and the world they lived in, these pioneering Derbeians discovered hydrogen, calculated the weight of the world and built the world’s first factory. ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’ will provide a platform for today’s scientists and engineer to experiment and innovate while reflecting on the philosophy of their practice.

Full programme details will be announced in the spring. The project will include a series of public lectures on science and theology, hosted at the University and at Derby Cathedral, alongside smaller discussion groups, tours exploring the history of Enlightenment science in Derby, and ‘Science in the Cathedral’ sessions. Experiments during Sunday services have been promised!

If you’d like to receive up-to-date information on the project, email Dr Alex Rock (alex@derbycathedral.org) who will add you to the project mailing list.

The Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and Project Co-Director:

“This exciting programme draws on the wealth of Derby’s innovations in science and engineering. Derby Cathedral has contributed so much to this in the past, and we cannot wait to provide space for today’s innovators to explore the relationship between science and faith.”

Professor Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby and Project Co-Director:

“The University of Derby consistently scores highly for its science provision, and we are keen to share this wealth of knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. This high-profile project will allow access to all interested to some of this country’s finest scientists, and through exploring their own relationship between their faith and their practice, we hope to inspire future generations of Derby innovation.”

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