Future Diocesan Accommodation Requirements Message from the Diocesan Secretary

At its meeting on 27 January 2017, the Bishop’s Council was briefed on a number of emerging pressures on the Diocesan Office and the Retreat Centre at Bishop Woodford House in Ely.

These pressures have arisen because:

  • There has been a substantial increase in the number of officers employed by the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) in response to the growing number of academies managed by the Trust. Though DEMAT is financially independent of the Diocese there is a strong operational requirement for DEMAT officers to be co-located with other Diocesan staff.
  • As we begin to implement our ELY2025 growth strategy, there is a significant increase in demand for training and meeting spaces at Bishop Woodford House which the current accommodation is not configured to meet. Such meeting spaces that we currently have are fully booked; they are also cramped and uncomfortable.
  • The buildings themselves are reaching the end of their useful life and will need significant additional maintenance over the coming years (they were erected in 1972 with a planned life of 25 years!). The infrastructure (IT, telephone, services) are equally stretched.

The Council has asked me to invite comment from stakeholders from across the Diocese on the future use of the Barton Road site and its possible redevelopment. If you have views, we should like to know them.

Please visit the link below to send us your feedback.

If you have any difficulty completing the online survey, please email the Communications team for help on communications@elydiocese.org.

Click Here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JJ3Z68R

Please note the survey will close at 5pm on Friday the 7th July.

Paul Evans
Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Ely

Pentecost Praise 2017: 4th June at Ely Cathedral

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Here’s a very warm welcome to come and join me, the Bishops’ Band and a great bunch of Confirmation Candidates at this year’s Pentecost Praise service in Ely Cathedral on Sunday 4th June at 7pm.

As always it is a blend of praise and worship with the Confirmation service. We’ll include some prayers for Thy Kingdom Come but not be letting that extend the service, as last year’s – though amazing – did go on a bit!

This year’s timetable for candidates has also been made a bit more compact and they are invited to arrive at 5.30pm for a rehearsal/teach-in and tea.

If you would like to bring candidates please as always contact the Cathedral Precentor Canon Jim Garrard on J.Garrard@elycathedral.org or 01353 660335.

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St John’s Church School, Orton Goldhay officially opened

I’m so chuffed for St John’s at their magnificent new building, opened today by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, and so proud of the children and staff there for building  a superb Christian ethos as the very fine wall-size graphics proclaim. This is the very antithesis of a faith school that divides its community. This is church school, whose firm foundation in our Christian faith in the love of God, enables such a warmth of love in us that we can fling open our doors wide in love to others. Look how in the wall-size graphic the cross is made manifest by the rainbow of Christian values that spring from it. Hooray! It was a privilege to bless the school and dedicate it to the loving service of its community.

Ely Lay Ministers meet today


I’ll be going out soon to greet our great company of Licensed Lay Ministers as they gather for their annual study day and AGM, with a very helpful focus on science and religion.

This morning’s bible reading from Ephesians 6 has so much to say to them and to me. They are so amazing – but also face such challenges and are so vulnerable, as we all are. The only way to find real, good strength is to be strong in the Lord, and pray in the Spirit at all times.

And as St Paul says, Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

Pentecost Praise 2017: 4th June at Ely Cathedral

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Here’s a very warm welcome to come and join me, the Bishops’ Band and a great bunch of Confirmation Candidates at this year’s Pentecost Praise service in Ely Cathedral on Sunday 4th June at 7pm.

As always it is a blend of praise and worship with the Confirmation service. We’ll include some prayers for Thy Kingdom Come but not be letting that extend the service, as last year’s – though amazing – did go on a bit!

This year’s timetable for candidates has also been made a bit more compact and they are invited to arrive at 5.30pm for a rehearsal/teach-in and tea.

If you would like to bring candidates please as always contact the Cathedral Precentor Canon Jim Garrard on J.Garrard@elycathedral.org or 01353 660335.

Great new training course for lay ministers working with baptism families

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This course, which leads to Authorised Lay Minister recognition, is NEW this year. There won’t be an automatic annual repeat of it so NOW is the time to book in and get trained up.

It comprises a Saturday morning on 16 September and then 5 Wednesday evenings beginning on 20 September, all at Bishop Woodford House in Ely.

For further information contact Debbie Hill (01353 652714, debbie.hill@elydiocese.org) and to book email ministry.bookings@elydiocese.org.