23 August 2016

The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells. Confirmation of the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street this morning. Dr Davies succeeds the Very Revd John Clarke, who retired at the end of 2015.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, says: “John has done a superb job at Derby, establishing a strong team, masterminding significant investment in the building, including a wonderful redecoration, and making important connections across the city and county. He has established a lively Cathedral with firm foundations. We will miss him enormously – but fully support his acceptance of this new challenge. He goes with our love and prayers.”

Dr Davies says: ‘I will leave Derby Cathedral with real sadness. In six years we have achieved a lot together but the invitation to lead another Cathedral with its own challenges to face was one I could not refuse. I will preside and preach for the last time as Dean of Derby in Derby Cathedral on Tuesday 1st November, All Saints Day, in the evening.’

Dr Davies will be officially installed as Dean of Wells at a special service to be held on Sunday 20 November 2016 at Wells Cathedral.

The full text of the press release issued this morning jointly by the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Derby is here

Wednesday 14th September 2016, 6.00pm for 6.30pm

You are invited to the launch of Imitation and Scapegoats a new book by Simon J Taylor, Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral, Area Dean of Derby and Director of Curate Training.

The book uses the work of René Girard on violence and religion to ask how minsters and pastors can deal with rivalry, conflict and scapegoats in their own lives and ministry. The ideas are explained through stories from the Bible, case studies and questions for reflection and discussion.

Please come and mark the launch of the book, with refreshments and a brief introduction to the themes of the book. Copies will be available for purchase.


Saturday 22nd October 2016, 7.30 pm

Performers include: award winning show choir Dale Diva, local jazz sensation Buckso, Derby University Gospel Choir and more…

Drinks and canapés available from 7.00 pm when doors open. Tickets £12, available from Foulds or Women’s Work /


Saturday 15th October 2016, 7.30 pm

Chilcott ~ Brahms ~ Mendelssohn

Conductors: Malcolm Goldring and Bob Chilcott

Widely regarded as one of the foremost chamber choirs in Derbyshire, The Sitwell Singers have been making music together for almost 50 years.

We’re proud to present a spectacular celebration of 50 years of the Sitwell Singers!

Featuring the world premiere of our specially commissioned piece by Bob Chilcott, and welcoming the man himself as guest conductor.

Tickets £18/£15 (under 16s free) available from Foulds, Iron Gate, or on the door.


Saturday 17th September, 11.00 am - 4.45 pm

A chance for all singers to spend a day singing with John Rutter. Known both for his much-loved choral compositions and as a conductor of choirs, this day offers the chance to sing a variety of John’s music under his own direction. Copies of the music will be available on the day.

Registration for the day is from 10.00 am, tickets are £16 (Non-RSCM Members) £8 (RSCM Members) Unders 18's are free. Tickets are available from the Derby Cathedral Bookshop or you can contact Elin Heron Tel: 01773 821262 Email: for reservations.

Derby Cathedral awarded £750,000 for once-in-a-generation roof repairs


cathedral exterior

Image: Derby Cathedral from Cathedral Green, showing the 16th century tower in front of the 18th century nave and 20th century extension. Works will take place on the roof of the nave – an architectural masterpiece by James Gibbs

21st July 2016: For immediate release

Derby Cathedral has today been awarded £750,000 from the £20m First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund for works to re-lay the lead of the nave roof. The Fund was announced in the March 2016 budget by the then Chancellor, George Osborne, to support urgent repairs to cathedrals across the country.

Lead roofs normally need re-laying once every 100 years. The technique used 50 years ago in laying the lead roof has not stood the test of time, which has shortened its life. To prevent damage to the ornate barrelled nave below the roof, the roof lead will be removed and re-cast in a local foundry, before returning to be re-laid on the Cathedral roof, preserving the Cathedral’s hugely significant history and heritage.

To protect the Cathedral while the works take place, scaffolding will envelop the north and south aisles of the nave (along College Place and the Cathedral churchyard) and a false roof will be built. It is expected that works will start in November 2016 and take less than a year to complete.

Cathedral interior

Image: The interior of Derby Cathedral’s 18th century nave. Work will not affect the interior of the Cathedral; the barrelled plaster vault hides a 20-foot-high roof void in which the work will take place. Scaffolding will be erected around the outer walls of the Cathedral. (Image Credit: Mick Griffiths)

Work will not affect the day-to-day life of the Cathedral, which will remain fully open throughout the works. The repair works will also include repairs to stonemasonry, and will provide opportunities for traditional craftspeople to showcase their work in conservation. The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund was set up in 2014 in recognition of the significant role cathedrals play in national commemorations. Derby Cathedral has been at the centre of Derby’s commemorations, most recently with the service in the Cathedral for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; many more events are planned, including major activity in 2018.

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, says: “This is wonderful news for Derby Cathedral. It enables us to reroof the nave, securing the Cathedral's fabric for a century to come. This is the largest single grant the Cathedral has ever received. Works are planned to begin this autumn and will take less than a year. However the life and ministry of the Cathedral will be unaffected: reroofing will go on under a false roof constructed over the present nave roof. Derby Cathedral Chapter is very grateful to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and to government for the grant, and I applaud the Cathedral team who worked so hard on the bid.”

Editor’s Notes Derby Cathedral is the Cathedral for Derby and Derbyshire and a city centre place of worship in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. Originally a medieval College, the Cathedral’s Tudor bell tower is the second highest in the UK, and its Enlightenment interior houses fine examples of sculptures from that era. 01332 341201 Contact: Dr Alex Rock, Development Officer

7th July 2016

Born and brought up in Northern Sweden Ingrid worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker until coming to Britain in 1980. Training in Art and Design at Manchester changed her career and since 2001 she has worked as an artist based near Buxton and a well established member of Peak District Artisans. Home is a series of mixed media reflections, one for each month of the year, on her identity as an Anglo-Swedish person in the Peak District. 

‘Some of my favoured techniques include collage, monoprinting and crystalline watercolour enhancing the work with a luminous quality. The result is a three dimensional, visual representation attempting to evoke thought.’

The Exhibition will open on 1st September in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre and continue until 31st October, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays.

For further information contact Geoff Robson, Exhibitions Officer. Email:

28th June 2016

Historic Bells of Derby Cathedral Rung Half-Muffled to Mark a Fallen Comrade

The ten bells of Derby Cathedral will ring half-muffled on Friday, July 1st, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the passing of a Derby-based bellringer who died in battle in 1916. The centenary is set to be marked with a service at 11am, during which the Last Post will be sounded and a period of silence will be kept. The Cathedral's bellringers will ring for 30 minutes before this service.

The Centenary is a particularly poignant moment for the Cathedral bellringers; in 1916, Pvt William John Davies was killed in action aged 22. Pvt Davies was based in Derby, and one of many bellringers who died in 1916. He was drafted to the 4th (Queens Own) Hussars, and his Service No. was 13284.

The Commemoration Service for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be led by the Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, and the Bishop of Derby will preach. The Dalesmen Choir will provide music for the service, and all are welcome.
The special bellringing to mark the memory of Pvt William John Davies will take place on the same day between 7pm and 8pm. The Ringing Master, Martin Whiteley, leads the Cathedral's band of bellringers, who ring the centuries-old bells - the oldest ring of ten bells in the world - for services and special occasions. He said: "'Hundreds of men died in June 1916 during the build-up of forces and equipment ahead of the Somme battles. There was fighting around Ypres in Belgium and Lens in France, and no fewer than 18 bellringers died that month. Many, many more fell during the Somme battles that raged from July to November 1916 and we feel that it is appropriate to mark their passing by ringing the Cathedral bells half-muffled."

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, shares a name with the fallen soldier, by coincidence. He said: "It is poignant to share a name with one of those who died. Nearly 2,000 men of this county were killed, and 6,000 injured, and so this is a hugely important anniversary for Derby and Derbyshire."

Pictured: The Vormezeele Cemetery in Belgium where Pvt Davies is buried.

Friday 1st July at 11.00 am

A Civic Service of Commemoration to mark the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the largest battle on the Western Front in the First World War. The Last Post will be sounded & silence kept in memory of those who dies in battle, among them many from Derbyshire.

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