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Announcements

This section lists the clergy and key office holder announcements and RIP notices from the Diocese of Ely.


Appointment Announcement -The Venerable Hugh Kyle McCurdy

First published on: 10th May 2023

The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that the Venerable Hugh Kyle McCurdy, former Archdeacon of Huntingdon & Wisbech, who currently holds Public Preacher Licence, has accepted the invitation to be next Rural Dean for the Bourn Deanery for one year.


Appointment Announcement - The Revd Patrick John McEune

First published on: 9th May 2023

The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Patrick John McEune, currently Rector of the Binbrook Group, St Mary and St Gabriel including Kelstern, Ludford Magna, Swinhope, Thorganby and Wold Newton in the Diocese of Lincoln is to be Incumbent (Rector) of The Raddesley Group of Parishes including St Mary's Brinkley, St Augustine's Burrough Green, St Peter's Carlton, St Mary's Dullingham, St Peter's Stetchworth, St Mary the less Westley Waterless in the Diocese of Ely.


Announcement of a new Warden of Readers

First published on: 5th May 2023

Following the retirement of Steve Mashford as Warden of Readers in our Diocese after his dedicated service, I am delighted to announce that Cathy Watts, LLM, has agreed to take on this role.


Departure Announcement - The Revd Lucy Eleanor Cleland

First published on: 2nd May 2023

The Revd Lucy Eleanor Cleland, currently Team Vicar of the 5Folds Team Ministry has been appointed Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol. Her last Sunday in the Benefice is 16 July (last day 19 July). Lucy will be licensed in the Diocese of Bristol on 20 July 2023.


Appointment: The Revd Canon Matthew Laurence Bradbury

First published on: 25th April 2023

We are pleased to announce that the Revd Canon Matthew Laurence Bradbury, Incumbent of St Peter and St Paul and St Augustine Wisbech, accepted the invitation to be Chaplain to the new High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for April 2023 - March 2024, Dr Bharat Khetani. He started this role on 5 April 2023.


Departure Announcement - The Revd Rachel Claire Rosborough

First published on: 17th April 2023

The Revd Rachel Claire Rosborough, currently Vicar of Grantchester and St Mark's Newnham as well as Rural Dean for the Cambridge South deanery is stepping down from these roles. Rachel's last Sunday in the Benefice will be 30 July and her last day 31 August.


Appointment Announcement: The Revd Sarah Rachel Tan

First published on: 14th April 2023

The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce that The Revd Sarah Rachel Tan, who currently holds Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Ely, is now Managing Chaplain at HMP Littlehey Prison.


Departure Announcement - The Revd Edward John Gerald Keene

First published on: 14th April 2023

The Reverend Edward John Gerald Keene, currently Assistant Curate at All Saints Church, Little Shelford in the Diocese of Ely, has been appointed as Rector of the Benefice of Stevenage St Nicholas and Graveley in the Diocese of St Albans. His last Sunday in the Benefice will be 28 May 2023 and the last day in the role 18 June 2023.


RIP Revd Canon Anna Matthews Requiem Eucharist, Weds, 26 April, 12:30

First published on: 31st March 2023

I can now announce that dear Anna's funeral will take place at the Cathedral on Wednesday, 26th April at 12.30pm. The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John will preach. I shall preside, assisted by Cathedral clergy.


Departure Announcement - Revd David Christopher Gordon Bagnall

First published on: 30th March 2023

The Revd David Bagnall, currently assistant curate in St Mary the Great with St Michael, Cambridge (Self Supporting Minister) and Assistant Chaplain, Emmanuel College has been appointed as Associate Rector in St John's, Princes Street, in the Diocese of Edinburgh. His last day in the Benefice will be 21 May 2023 and he will be licensed in his new post on 22 June 2023.


Appointment Announcement: The Revd Dr Helen Claire Orchard

First 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 - Revd Peter (Pete) Williams

First 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 Shakespeare

First 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 Wale

First 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 Cambridge

First 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 Officer

First 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 Wormell

First 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 Nyatsanza

First 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 Thomson

First 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 Committee

First 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.

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