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Justin's Time in Derbyshire

Archbishop gets a varied glimpse of the county

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, saw a huge variety of life in Derbyshire on his recent visit to the county. His three day pastoral visit, from 21st to 23rd June saw him travel from north to south and east to west within the Diocese of Derby, which covers the area.

Starting in Derby city, he met with civic leaders at the Quad, before going on a walkabout to businesses around the Market Place. He met apprentices at Derby College, and attended an event entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger’,designed for the public to engage with him.

On the second day, in Danesmoor, near Clay Cross, he found out about a huge number of social projects working to make a difference in an area which has seen much social deprivation. He moved on to Chesterfield, where he gave a keynote speech to businesses. In the evening in Glossop he engaged with young people in Norfolk Square, before carrying out a series of open air, full immersion baptisms.

The final day of the trip included a visit to the University of Derby, with ‘Champions Against Slavery’, as well as a focus on cross-cultural engagement in Normanton. Here he tried his hand at pyrography - burning a design into wood.
Finally, he went to Swadlincote, where he led outdoor worship with school children, and planted a tree in the churchyard at St. Peter’s, Hartshorne.

In between these events were other private meetings with different people and groups in the area.

Reflecting on his time here, he said it had been both very moving and deeply impressive. He said, “I've learnt a huge amount about the energy of the diocese and particularly about partnership and its skills in people drawing together in some of the areas of greatest need.


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