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Last updated 15th June 2021

Clergy Moves and News


Name Post(s) Licensing date
Rev Sheelagh Aston Vicar: Blackburn St Silas Postponed until October 2021
Rev Adam Thomas Centre Director: Whalley Abbey 2nd March
Rev Paul McNally Vicar: Accrington Christ Church 10th March
Rev Mike Clayton Curate (SSM): Lea St Christopher and Preston Emmanuel 18th April
Rev David Arnold

Vicar: Accrington St Andrew, St Mary Magdalen and St Peter and Church Kirk 

Area Dean: Accrington

19th May
Rev Sharon Greensmith Vicar: Briercliffe St James  26th May
Revd Graham Young Vicar: Cleveleys St Andrew 14th June
Revd Jonathon Lee Rector: Bispham All Hallows 16th June
Rev Chris Casey

Area Dean: Burnley and

Interim Area Dean of Pendle

23rd June
Revd Karen Herschell Vicar: Balderstone, Mellor & Samlesbury 27th June
Revd Jason Gardner Resourcing Church Leader (Assistant Curate): Blackburn St Luke 1st July
Revd Alexander Oehring Rector: Colne 15th July
Revd Michael Fish Vicar (Half time): Blackpool Holy Cross South Shore 21st July
Revd Rebecca Roberts

Vicar: Lower Darwen St James

Priest-in-Charge: Over Darwen St James and Hoddlesden St Paul

13th September
Revd Richard Dashwood Vicar: Kirkham St Michael TBC
Revd Paul Robinson Vicar: Leyland St Ambrose TBC
Revd Neil Kelley Area Dean: Chorley 14th June
Revd Jo Smith Assistant Area Dean: Chorley 14th June


MOVES OUT OF THE DIOCESE (March 2021 onwards)

Name Current post(s) Move to Effective date
Rev James Gwyn-Thomas Vicar: Buckshaw Village Church Rector: Kirklington with Burneston, Pickhill and Wath in the Diocese of Leeds

18th July 2021

Rev Patrick Senior Rector: Burnley St Stephen adn St Peter Interim Vicar: Drighlington St Paul and Gildersome St Peter in the Diocese of Leeds 20th July 2021
Rev Nancy Goodrich

Vicar: Bolton-le-Sands Holy Trinity and

Area Dean: Tunstall

Vicar: Bollington St Oswald in the Diocese of Chester 26th July 2021


RETIREMENTS (March 2021 onwards)

Name Current Post(s) Effective date
Revd Canon Christopher Newlands Vicar: Lancaster St Mary (The Priory) 3rd March 2021
Revd Andrew Parkinson Vicar: Longton St Andrew 6th April 2021
Revd John Griffiths Vicar: Garstang St Thomas 9th April 2021
Revd Peter Smith Vicar: Chorley St Peter 11th April 2021
Revd David Lyon Vicar: St Annes-on-Sea St Annes (Heyhouses) 30th April 2021
Revd Canon Andrew Hindley Canon - Residentiary: Blackburn St Mary the Virgin with St Paul 30th April 2021
Revd Fiona Jenkins Vicar (1/2 time): Chipping St Bartholomew 1st August 2021


RESIGNATIONS (March 2021 onwards)

Name Current Post(s) Effective Date
Rev Robert Fielding Priest-in-Charge (1/2 time): Read St John and Simonstone St Peter 28th April 2021
Rev Paul Boulter Priest-in-Charge: Over Kellet St Cuthbert 31st March 2021
Rev Canon Alistair McHaffie Area Dean: Preston 1st September 2021



Name Deanery Effective date
Revd Graham Ashworth Leyland March 2021
Revd Clive Shaw Lancaster & Morecambe March 2021
Revd Dr Joseph Harper Kirkham April 2021
Revd Canon Dr Michael Leyden Blackburn Diocese June 2021


DEATHS (January 2021 onwards)

Name Current Post(s) Date
Revd Neville Ashton PTO 4th Feb 2021
Revd John Francis Retired 8th Feb 2021
Revd Andrea Roberts Retired with PTO 21st Feb 2021
Revd Barry Eaton Chaplain at HMP Preston 23rd Feb 2021

                          Clergy Discipline Measure - Penalty Announcement(s)

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