Bishop appointed to head royal ecclesiastical household

Published on: 20th November 2023

Bishop Richard has been appointed Clerk of the Closet to His Majesty King Charles, a role which will see him head up the Ecclesiastical Household, with oversight of the College of Chaplains and responsibility to introduce new diocesan bishops to the Sovereign.


The Archbishop Justin set to make a surprise visit this December

Published on: 17th November 2023

Bishop Richard is delighted to announce that The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby, is set to visit Hereford Diocese on Saturday, 9 December. This surprise one-day visit will see The Archbishop join a series of events to mark our diocesan Year of Prayer.


Making the local Church warm in time for Christmas

Published on: 17th November 2023

The team at Holy Trinity Church in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire are a generous local church community who have faithfully cared for the building over many centuries. The building, like many others, had an ancient heating system which barely kept visitors warm.

A fruit tree for Interfaith Week as local leaders seek to build a fruitful world

Published on: 14th November 2023

A group of south Shropshire faith leaders along with local school children, gathered at Craven Arms to plant a fruit tree, marking the start of Inter Faith Week 2023.

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A very special shropshire Ark delivers school meals

Published on: 28th October 2023

A scramble through the kitchen cupboards revealed – you’ve guessed it - five loaves of bread and two fish fingers – you couldn’t make it up for a church school! Without a miracle, the staff needed another plan to feed everyone. One of the office team took the initiative and rang a local farmer for some help.

South Shropshire Interfaith Forum holds silent peace vigil in Craven Arms

Published on: 25th October 2023

Local people: Christian, Jewish and Muslim joined together for a silent vigil held last Saturday at the Auction Yard, Craven Arms. They came together in response to the horrors of the past two weeks to pray for peace and unity as the war between Israel and Hamas continues.  The group stood together outside Craven Arms Community Centre in South Shropshire to hold 30 minutes of silence for all those who have been killed on each side of this conflict and to pray for peace in the region.

South Shropshire Interfaith Forum

A first for Kingsland CE primary school - awarded School of Sanctuary status

Published on: 3rd October 2023

Pupils, staff and parents at Kingsland Church of England Primary School in Herefordshire proudly celebrated becoming the first local school to be credited as a School of Sanctuary. This status is a recognition of the school’s unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of warmth, welcome, and inclusion for refugees and individuals seeking asylum.

Hopes and Dreams Kingsland CE Primary School

Linked partnership an expression of generosity

Published on: 26th July 2023

Every year a number of churches in deaneries across Hereford support young African students to train as priests as part of our linked partnership with Tanzania. As we celebrate our local ordinations, we delight in the news that four men in Africa have also felt that special call to serve God in dioceses across Tanzania.

Ordination Tanzania

To DDE or not to DDE an abridged letter on the next chapter for Education

Published on: 20th July 2023

I, along with my team, have oversight of all 78 Church of England schools across the diocese.  I have loved this job.

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How a churchyard labyrinth revealed a surprising discovery about prayer habits

Published on: 11th July 2023

At St Dubricius church, which is part of the Wye Reaches benefice, removing a 180-year-old tree from the churchyard created a perfect space for a stone labyrinth. Created in the summer of 2022 for an arts and crafts exhibition, the vicar, Revd Tim Starling, kept intending to tidy up the stone labyrinth until he noticed that it was still being used.

St Dubricius Labyrinth
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