This section lists the clergy and key office holder announcements and RIP notices from the Diocese of Ely.
The Appointment announcement: The Revd Dr Helen Claire OrchardFirst published on: 22nd March 2023
We are pleased to announce that the Bishop of Ely will license, on 2 May 2023, The Revd Dr Helen Caire Orchard, as Chaplain- Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. Helen is currently Team Vicar of Wimbledon in the Diocese of Southwark.
Departure announcement – The Revd Peter (Pete) WilliamsFirst published on: 20th March 2023
The Revd Peter (Pete) Williams, currently curate in Bluntisham cum Earith with Colne and Holywell cum Needingworth (Self Supporting Minister) has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Kingsclere with Ashford Hill and Headley in the Winchester Diocese. His last day in the Benefice will be 30 April 2023.
The Appointment Announcement - The Revd James Douglas Geoffrey ShakespeareFirst published on: 15th March 2023
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that the Revd James Douglas Geoffrey Shakespeare, Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Bishop’s Spirituality Adviser and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands is also to be the Interim Archdeacon of Cambridge, from 11 April until 4 July 2023, to cover The Ven Dr Alexander (Alex) Hughes’, Archdeacon of Cambridge sabbatical leave.
Amendment to Appointment announcement: The Revd Wendy Anne WaleFirst published on: 15th March 2023
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Wendy Anne Wale, currently Associate Vicar in the Beverley Minster in the Diocese of York is to be Incumbent (Vicar) of Bar Hill.
Announcement: RIP - Revd Anna Matthews, Vicar of St Bene't's in CambridgeFirst published on: 8th March 2023
It is with profound sadness that we share the news that The Revd Anna Matthews, Vicar of St Bene't's in Cambridge, has died.
Retired Clergy OfficerFirst published on: 2nd March 2023
The Revd Canon David Paul Pritchard, currently Diocesan Retired Clergy Officer, is stepping down from this role on 31 December 2023, after 11 years of service. David is remaining in the Diocese of Ely and holds Bishop’s Permission to Officiate.
The Appointment: The Revd Dr Naomi Anne WormellFirst published on: 21st February 2023
On behalf of The Bishop of Ely we are pleased to announce that The Revd Dr Naomi Anne Wormell, currently Priest-in-Charge of Ashley with Silverley, Cheveley, Kirtling and Wood Ditton with Saxon Street, which are held in plurality, is to be Rector of the Benefices.
The Appointment: The Revd Petros H NyatsanzaFirst published on: 14th February 2023
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Petros H Nyatsanza, most recently Trust Chaplain of Bedfordshire, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is now Lead Chaplain at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Stamford Hospital).
RIP - Rev Julian ThomsonFirst published on: 26th January 2023
We are sorry to hear of the death on Monday 2 January 2023 of Revd Julian Thomson, who was Precentor at Ely Cathedral before serving in the parishes of Orwell, Wimpole, Arrington and Croydon; then at Linton, Bartlow, Shudy and Castle Camps.
Announcement: New Chair of the Diocese of Ely Finance CommitteeFirst published on: 24th January 2023
Bishop Stephen has invited Canon Tim Walters to take on the role of Chair of the Diocese of Ely Finance Committee from the start of January 2023.
Appointment Announcement: The Revd Natalie Janis AndrewsFirst published on: 24th January 2023
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Natalie Janis Andrews, currently Project Lead, National Sport and Wellbeing Project, Vision and Strategy Team, Archbishops' Council is to be Incumbent (Vicar) in the Benefice of St George, Littleport.
Appointment Announcement: The Revd Dr Philip John StewartFirst published on: 20th January 2023
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Dr Philip John Stewart, currently holding Bishop's Permission to Officiate is to be Assistant Curate at St Botolph's Cambridge (Self Supporting Minister).
Appointment announcement: The Revd Wendy Anne WaleFirst published on: 9th January 2023
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Wendy Anne Wale, currently Associate Vicar in the Beverley Minster in the Diocese of York is to be Minister of Bar Hill Church (Subject to satisfactory DBS check).
Retirement announcement - The Revd Keith Charles MorrisonFirst published on: 6th January 2023
The Revd Keith Charles Morrison, currently Chaplain for the Arthur Rank Hospice is retiring from this role on 6 January 2023. However, Keith will continue to hold Public Preacher licence for the role as Bishop's Advisor on Healthcare and Chaplaincy.
Announcements: New Rural Dean of The Ely DeaneryFirst published on: 22nd December 2022
Bishop Stephen is delighted that The Revd Canon Mark Haworth has accepted the invitation to become the next Rural Dean of Ely for two years.
Retirement announcement - The Revd Christopher Murray HillFirst published on: 6th December 2022
The Revd Christopher (Chris) Murray Hill, Team Rector of the Ely Team Ministry, is retiring after 10 years of Ministry in the Diocese of Ely, on 30 April 2023, which is also his last Sunday in the Benefice.
RIP Fr. Geoffrey DobsonFirst published on: 1st December 2022
We are sorry to hear that Fr. Geoffrey Dobson, a valued member of the parish of All Saints, St Ives, died on 24th November 2022. There will be a Requiem Mass at All Saints on Wed 14th December at 13:00.
Announcement: The Revd Mandy Carol FlahertyFirst published on: 22nd November 2022
We are pleased to announce that the Revd Mandy Carol Flaherty, currently Rector of North Leightonstone Benefice, has been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of Harston, Hauxton and Newton. Her last working day in North Leightonstone Benefice will be Sunday 19th March 2023.
Announcement: The Revd Madeleine Rachel AlbertFirst published on: 17th November 2022
The Revd Madeleine Rachel Albert, formerly Interim Priest in Charge of St George Littleport, completed, on 31 October 2022, the two-year term in this role. She is to be granted Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the Diocese.
Appointment Announcement: The Revd Canon Neil James Blandford-BakerFirst published on: 17th November 2022
We pleased to announce that the Revd Canon Neil James Blandford-Baker, Vicar of Histon and Impington, has accepted the Bishop's invitation to continue as Rural Dean for the North Stowe Deanery for further 5 years.