Organised by the society’s Ely Diocese Branch, the one-day event at St John’s College, Cambridge on Ash Wednesday, March 1, is entitled The Penitential Theology of The Book of Common Prayer and its use in piety and mission.

The keynote speaker will be Lord Williams of Oystermouth – Dr Rowan Williams – a former Archbishop of Canterbury and currently master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His address will include comment on the service of Commination included in the Book of Common Prayer specifically for use on Ash Wednesday. 

Other speakers at the event – all from the Ely diocese – will include: Dr Bridget Nichols, lay chaplain and research assistant to the Bishop of Ely; the Revd James Gardom, Dean and Chaplain at Pembroke College; the Rev Margaret Widdess, associate priest at St Botolph’s Cambridge, and the Rev Robert Mackley, vicar of Little St Mary’s Cambridge and rural dean of Cambridge South. The Revd Dr Duncan Dormor (St John’s College) and Canon Jessica Martin (Ely Cathedral) will be in the chair, and the day will be introduced by the Revd Stephen Anderson, Chair of the Ely branch of the PBSS.

The conference will end with Choral Evensong in St John’s College Chapel. Attendance is optional. The service, which will include the Allegri Miserere, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3..

Tickets for the conference are on sale now. Priced at £27.50 to include lunch, they can be booked online at or by calling the Prayer Book Society’s Ely branch secretary Philip White on 01223 324176. The booking deadline is February 22, 2017.