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March 2019

Shaun Atkins recently Chaplain to Bedford School, to be Associate Minister (SSM) at Wootton

Lydia Becket has been appointed part-time Accounts Assistant in the Diocesan Office

Sam Cappleman Associate Minister (SSM) at St Mark’s Church, Bedford and Assistant Rural Dean of Bedford, to be also Chaplain to the Bishop of Bedford

Quentin Chandler, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Rector of Marston Moreteyne with Lidlington, to be also Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Gemma Foster, Public Preacher in the St Albans Diocese to be Priest-in-Charge and Rector Designate of Cove, Diocese of Guildford

Jonathan Gordon, Rural Dean of Berkhamsted and Rector of Northchurch with Wigginton, to be also Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Jane Mainwaring, Rural Dean of Hitchin and Team Vicar, Hitchin and St Paul’s Walden Team Ministry, to be also Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Miriam Mugan, Vicar of All Saints, Croxley Green, to be also Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Rickey Simpson-Gray, Associate Minister (SSM) in the Hemel Hempstead Team Ministry to be Team Vicar, Claydons and Swan Team Ministry, Diocese of Oxford


We learned with sorrow of the death of John Bagworth, Reader Emeritus, on 1st December 2018


February 2019

John Chitham, currently Chaplain to the Bishop of Blackburn, Diocese of Blackburn, to be Rector of Standon and the Mundens with Sacombe

Alec Corio, currently Assistant Curate at St George’s, Stockport with St Gabriel’s, Adswood, Diocese of Chester, to be Rector of East Barnet

Gemma Foster, currently Assistant Curate at Letchworth St Paul with Willian to be Public Preacher (SSM)

James McDonald, currently Associate Minister, York City Centre Churches to be Team Vicar, Langelei Team Ministry (with special responsibility for All Saints Kings Langley)

We learned with sorrow of the following death:

  • Deaconess Anne Haines, formerly Deaconess (full-time) at Holy Trinity Church, Stevenage 1977-1979, on 6th January 2019


January 2019

Revd Frances Arnold, Vicar of Sawbridgeworth to be Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) of Sutton, St Nicholas, Diocese of Southwark

Colin Bird to be Chair of the St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF)

Revd Timothy Wilson, currently PtO to be interim Priest-in-Charge (part-time, 2 year appointment) of Wilden with Colmworth and Ravensden

Revd Dr Berkeley Zych, currently Minor Canon (Precentor) of St Albans Abbey to be Vicar of Harpenden St John


December 2018

Matthew Chinery, Diocesan Registrar to be Head of Legal Services to the Representative Body of the Church in Wales

Emma (Em) Coley, Vicar of Sandridge and Associate Diocesan Director of Ordinands to be Young Vocations Officer, Church of England Ministry Division

Lyndsey de Mestre QC, Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of St Albans to be Chancellor of the Diocese of St Albans

Lucas Durant, Assistant Curate in Training at Wootton has completed his curacy

Ruth Goatly, currently PtO to be Associate Minister (SSM) at Boxmoor

Christine Hina, Team Vicar of Elstree and Borehamwood Team Ministry to retire

Patricia Jones, Team Vicar of Thatcham, Diocese of Oxford, to be Vicar of London Colney, St Peter

Lynda Klimas, Rector of the Benefice of Maulden to be also Rural Dean of Ampthill & Shefford

David Middlebrook, Vicar of Watford, St Luke and Honorary Canon of St Albans Cathedral to be Archdeacon of Bedford

Chris Orme, Rector of Thorley to retire

Kimberley Quak-Winslow, Assistant Curate of Sutton, Wincle, Bosley and Wildboarclough, Diocese of Chester to be Minor Canon – Youth Chaplain (Curate), Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Steven Wood, Vicar of Streatley to be Priest in Charge for The Burnhams Benefice, Diocese of Norwich

We learned with sorrow of the following death:

  • The Revd John Moore former Rector of Aspenden (St Mary) and Layston with Buntingford and Vicarof Stanstead Abbots (St Andrew), on 12th November 2018


November 2018

Rachel Allen Chaplaincy Team Leader at East and North Herts NHS Trust to be Spiritual Care Co-ordinator at Isabel Hospice.

Martin Burrell Chaplain to Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, Licensed Clergy (Public Preacher Licence) and Member Luton Deanery Synod to retire to the Diocese of Oxford.

Roger Chapman to be Priest-in-Charge (half time) of Cheshunt, St Mary (Interim Ministry: 6 months)

Peter Crumpler to leave his post as Associate Minister (SSM) at Sandridge to be licensed as a Public Preacher (continuing as Diocesan SSM Officer for St Albans Archdeaconry)

Lucy Davis Vicar, St Peter and St Paul with St Andrew, Flitwick to be also Assistant Dean of Women’s Ministry, Diocese of St Albans

Paul Davies Senior Priest at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Qatar, Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf to be Church Growth Officer (half-time) for Bedford Archdeaconry.  Also to be Priest-in-Charge (half-time), All Saints, Bedford

Bonnie Evans-Hills Vicar of Kimpton with Ayot St Lawrence is leaving the parish.

Mary Kingsley Assistant Priest, to be Associate Minister (SSM) of Bushey (Interim Ministry: 6 months).

Robert Kozak Assistant Curate of All Saints Leavesden to be Priest-in-Charge of Letchworth.

Stephen Lyon to be Chair, Caribbean Links Group for the Diocese of St Albans

Alastair McKay Curate, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Diocese of London to be Church Growth Officer (half-time) for Hertford Archdeaconry

Lindsey Moss Associate Minister (SSM) of ChristChurch, Ware to be Associate Minister (SSM) at Caddington.

Anne Poultney Assistant Curate at Aldenham, Radlett & Shenley Team Ministry has completed her curacy.

Sharon Smith Assistant Curate in Training (SSM) at Caddington, Farley Hill to be Vicar at Christ Church, Orpington.

Anne Underwood Assistant Curate (SSM) at Bushey has completed her curacy.


We learned with sorrow of the following deaths:

  • Sister Jean Harris C.A. formerly Accredited Lay Minister with Permission to Officiate, on 27th September 2018
  • The Revd Adrian Hinksman formerly SSM at King’s Walden and Offley with Lilley and Diocesan Widows’ Officer, on 9th October 2018


Austin Janes Team Vicar of the Church of the Resurrection in Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead has written and illustrated a Christmas poem resource for very young children, called Spider’s First Christmas.  Written in a very simple way reminiscent of Incy Wincy Spider, children can see that whatever changes come, God is travelling with us and we don’t need to be afraid.

The A6 booklet is printed in full colour and makes an ideal gift for nursery and primary school age children. The books are £1.50 each but bulk discounts are available. A power Point is also available for projecting in assemblies or services. contact Revd Austin Janes for an order form. All proceeds go towards supporting the ongoing ministry of the church in Grovehill and Woodhall Farm,

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