Wednesday, 01 January 2020 16:49

In pictures: 2019 in review

A look back at some of the stories of 2019.

It was a year that saw the arrival of Bishop Libby, and the departure of Dean Stephen Hance.

The cathedral saw a couple of high-profile events, and the Peak Centre in Edale reached a golden milestone.

And, of course, great work by clergy, staff and congregations continued in the Diocese of Derby and beyond...


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  • Edale walkers group shot
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  • bishops badge schools presentation 2019 at Litton church
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  • the knife angel outside Derby Cathedral
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  • 2019 saw Bishop Libby installed as our diocesan bishop. Before her installation at Derby Cathedral, she made a pilgrimage through Derby, accompanied by children from schools in the diocese.
  • Bishop Libby was installed - seated in the cathedra, the bishop's seat - on 25th May.
  • In the following weeks, Bishop Libby toured the deaneries and met people from all over the diocese. Here she is meeting staff and pupils at Coton in the Elms Primary School.
  • Earlier in the year, some clergy took part in Ashes to Go - the tradition of 'ashing' people on Ash Wednesday. Archdeacon Carol (the Archdeacon of Chesterfield) was among those who went out on the streets of Bakewell.
  • In May, St Augustine's Church, in the parish of Walbrook Epiphany, presented three Derby schools with a range of Christian books. The church's annual gift day raised more than £900, allowing the team to support St James Infants School, Junior School and St Chad's Derby. The books are full of stories that the youngsters can enjoy and that will help them to understand the Bible and faith. Revd Andy Ward presented the books to the school at a special service of worship.
  • Staying with education, in January, Dr Alison Brown, the Diocesan Board of Education's deputy director, led a group of 35 on a visit to Kolkata, India, to build and strengthen the board's links with the area. The group visited schools, many of them in the slums, school building projects, and shared training and teaching ideas with the teachers at the schools. They were also met with great enthusiasm from the schools' children!
  • 2019 saw Edale's Peak Centre celebrate its 50th anniversary. The centre is a unique resource in the Diocese of Derby, offering outdoor education to people of all faiths and all backgrounds, an opportunity to enjoy the village, the landscape and to escape some of the stresses and troubles they have in their lives. To celebrate, the centre's manager, Ben Acty (left), and Archdeacon Carol (centre, with her dog Fudge) organised a walk around the Edale area, as well as other events to mark the occasion.
  • Bishop Libby continued with the tradition of presenting people from throughout the Diocese with the Bishop's Badge, in recognition of their services to their church and/or community. The badges were presented in two special services at Derby Cathedral...
  • ...and Bishop Jan presented badges to school children in the Chesterfield archdeaconry who had also demonstrated a fantastic sense of community spirit.
  • Derby Cathedral was particularly busy in the second half of the year. First, the Museum of the Moon was installed in the nave in the middle of September and stayed for three weeks. More than 75,000 people took time out to view the NASA imagery on the giant, inflatable sphere.
  • And as the Museum of the Moon prepared to leave the cathedral, the Knife Angel, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, was stationed outside the Cathedral for much of October. Around 120,000 people visited the sculpture and stopped to learn more about the fight against knife crime. For many, it was an emotional and poignant experience.
  • Also in 2019, the Very Revd Stephen Hance left his position as the Dean of Derby to take up the role of National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England. Stephen had been dean since 2017.
  • Also departing in 2019 was the Revd Canon Geraldine Pond. Geraldine, who retired in October, was Diocesan Director of Vocations and Warden of Readers - and had also been appointed as a chaplain to the Queen in 2018.
  • But while some left, others joined and Petertide saw the ordination of new deacons at Derby Cathedral. They are now all serving in parishes around the Diocese of Derby.

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