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Diocese of Portsmouth

Reports and Accounts



Bishop’s Foreword 1

Diocesan Synod 2

Bishop’s Council 2

PDBF Financial Statements 4

Mission and Resources 6

Mission and Discipleship 11

Mission & Society 18

Mission & Education 24

Portsmouth Cathedral 31

Statement re: Non-Statutory Accounts 33


This short booklet contains the Bishop’s Council/Board of Finance reports and accounts for the year 2012. It gives an overview of the financial position of Portsmouth Diocese at the end of 2012, a report of the work of the Bishop’s Council, and a summary of the work of each of the diocesan teams.

People in our parishes sometimes say they would value more information about the use of our financial contributions. Reading this booklet provides much such valuable information. So I invite you to read this carefully and to share it widely with others.
Ours is a diocese that is forward looking, innovative, energetic and what I like to term ‘nimble’: meaning we are well equipped as people and in our structures to move with the times and to respond to the challenges of today’s world with Christian service, witness and love. Our tightly organised, flexible and responsive diocesan central team is a key ingredient in this.
Particular mention should, I think, be made of the increased investment during 2012 in both training provision and mission development - a sign of my and our commitment to growth and development. Pivotal too has been the work of our Education team in that constantly changing environment, and at a time of such challenge and opportunity for faith schools in general.
Our thanks, and mine, go to all the diocesan staff, to the Bishop’s Council members and other supporting committee members and volunteers, including you our Diocesan Synod members, for all that is so willingly contributed to our shared life in Christ through this work.
With my prayers for all involved in the work reported here and our shared Ministry for Mission under God.

Bishop of Portsmouth


Synod met three times in 2012. The full minutes of Synod meetings and several other key papers are available on the Diocesan website at www.portsmouth.anglican.org/who_we_are/diocese/diocesan_synod/


The Bishop’s Council is the Standing Committee of Synod. Members are also Directors of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF), and fulfil the functions of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC). The same members are also Directors and Trustees of the Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility (PDCSR) and the Portsmouth Diocesan Education Trust (PDET) and business for all these bodies may be conducted within the context of any meeting of the Council.
The Council met 8 times. They ensured the business of all committees and groups was appropriately overseen, and received reports from them. They received and adopted the DBF statutory accounts for 2012 (www.portsmouth.anglican.org/accounts2012) and produced the 2013 budget, which included increased investment in training and for mission initiatives in parishes and deaneries, and the appointment of a Mission Development Officer. In setting the budget the Council had regard to the views expressed at archdeaconry consultations and advice from the Diocesan Finance Committee.
Among many important decisions, the Council agreed to increase financial support available for the work of Area Deans; supported the move to the Archdeacon post of the Isle of Wight being linked with responsibility for initial ministerial education matters for those in ordained ministry; initiated a review of parochial fees stewardship; and oversaw the completion of full registration of all historic land owned by the DBF and parishes, and so secured ownership going forward.

Financial performance against 2012 budget was:

2012 Actual

2012 Budget

Impact on planned outturn








Earmarked income




General income




Parish share (100.13% collection)




Transition Fund withdrawal (use of designated reserves)








Fairer Shares 2012



Shortfall brought forward

2012 Total

Cash Collected

Shortfall carried forward


















Bishops Waltham
























East Wight






West Wight












The total sum collected, £4,629,879 represents 100.1% of the 2012 Fairer Shares apportionment and includes some arrears from prior years

Fairer Shares 2013



Shortfall brought forward

2013 Total












Bishops Waltham
















East Wight




West Wight








Wendy Kennedy

Diocesan Secretary


For the year ending 31 December 2012


As at 31 December 2012


The Mission and Resources Section exists to support the business and governance of the Diocese while also having a significant role in supporting parishes. A summary of areas of work that the Section undertakes is as follows:

  • Supporting all those working in the parishes throughout the diocese, especially:

    • parishes undertaking pastoral reorganisation

    • parishes embarking on major property developments

    • parish treasurers and deanery finance committee chairmen

    • the protection of children and vulnerable adults through the work of the Safeguarding Team

    • parish advice with regard to employment matters; promoting good working practice, especially in the area of human resources

  • Ensuring compliance with legislation that governs the core work areas within our diocese

  • Supporting the work of the Diocesan Synod and the Bishop’s Council

These broad areas of work fell within the section’s remit:

  • Central Services (including Synodical Government, Diocesan Advisory Committee, Pastoral Measure and general administration support)

  • Safeguarding: Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults

  • Human Resources

  • Information Technology

  • Legal (coordinating the interface between the central organisation and the Diocesan Registrar and contracting other legal services as required)

  • Parish Finance Adviser

  • Property (including facilities management)

  • The Head of Section also deputises for the Diocesan Secretary, undertaking some of her responsibilities in her absence.

Suspension of Right of Presentation
The Bishop’s Council keeps under review (and advises the Bishop when required on) the suspension of the right of presentation to livings. Benefices currently affected by this procedure are below (the dates indicate when the suspension will lapse if no scheme is made):
Bridgemary St Matthew 1 September 2013+

Wroxall St John the Evangelist 14 May 2014

Purbrook St John the Baptist 1 June 2014

Fareham St Peter & St Paul 1 September 2014

West Meon and Warnford 7 October 2014

Titchfield St Peter 1 March 2015

Fareham Holy Trinity with St Columba 1 April 2015

Ryde Holy Trinity in Plurality with Swanmore

St Michael and All Angels 1 April 2015+

Carisbrooke St Mary in Plurality with

St Nicholas-in-Castro 12 May 2015+

Portsea The Ascension North End 12 May 2015

Binstead in Plurality with Havenstreet St Peter 1 July 2015

Bramshott and Liphook 1 July 2015

Petersfield in Plurality with Buriton 1 July 2015

Shanklin St Blasius 31 October 2015

Sandown Christ Church & St John 31 October 2015

West Leigh St Alban 1 March 2016

Whippingham with East Cowes 1 March 2016

St Matthew Blackmoor and Whitehill 15 June 2016

Milton St James 15 June 2016

Southsea Holy Spirit 15 June 2016

Brading and Yaverland 15 June 2016

Lake with Shanklin 26 September 2016

Blendworth with Chalton with Idsworth 14 December 2016

St Lawrence St Lawrence 14 December 2016

Ryde All Saints 14 December 2016

Rowlands Castle 1 February 2017

Elson St Thomas 6 March 2017+

Soberton with Newtown 15 May 2017

Northwood, Gurnard & Cowes St Faith 21 May 2017+

Hambledon St Peter & St Paul 7 October 2017

Portchester St Mary 16 November 2017

Alverstoke St Mary 19 November 2017

Crookhorn The Good Shepherd 19 November 2017

Gatcombe St Olave 1 December 2017+

Totland Bay Christ Church 15 February 2018

Thorley St Swithin 15 February 2018+

+ Pastoral scheme in progress
Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)
The DAC met 10 times in 2012 and 94 new cases were submitted for consideration and recommendation.  Of these new cases 28 were sufficiently straightforward to be approved under Schedule B, while 66 involved Faculty Applications.  The DAC also discussed a further 4 cases which had come to the Committee in previous years for advice which were ongoing or being submitted for final approval and members undertook 19 site visits across the Diocese during the year.
The DAC is chaired by the Dean, David Brindley and the committee continuously reviews its help and guidance to parishes. During 2012, the Listed Places of Worship Grant designated £18,500 to the Portsmouth Diocese for capital projects such as kitchens, toilets and heating. Six applications were received by the committee for finance: three applicant parishes met the criteria and the DAC agreed that they would be recommended to the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division for a grant. Two applicants were ultimately successful in securing additional finance.
In addition, new guidance notes were produced on Ash die back disease and the DAC looked into some new alternative roof materials and whether these would be suitable for church use.
Mission Statistics and Finance Returns
The Church of England extended its new online system for parish mission statistics and finance returns in 2012. The system was designed to improve the way in which the Church collects annual parish statistical and financial data.
The transition from paper to online returns was facilitated through the Mission and Resources Super-user. Usernames and passwords for every parish were sent out and the Super-user supported parishes in accessing their parish pages online and talked individuals through how to enter the information. In some cases individual parishes did not have access to the internet and so paper forms were sent to the Super-user who input the data on the parish’s behalf.
A training session was held in December 2012 for mission statistics online input and one will be held in 2013 for finance returns.
Unfortunately the transition to online completion led to a downturn in the number of parishes completing their returns on time and this has adversely affected the reliability of the statistics about Portsmouth Diocese used by the national church and accessed by external researchers and media. It is hoped that renewed efforts to support parishes during 2013 will improve the response rate.
New Parish Information System
In October 2012, the new Parish Information System, our new directory of contact details for all office-holders across our diocese, was launched. This system is used by 17 other Church of England dioceses and replaced the unique online directory created for us by the Rev Simon Rundell, who had moved to another diocese.

Pastoral Schemes
The Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) was approached by a number of parishes regarding potential pastoral reorganisation in their areas. The DMPC, supported by the administrative team in Mission and Resources, undertook three different pastoral schemes involving both informal and formal consultations and public meetings in line with the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011. These schemes are proceeding and are awaiting outcomes in 2013.

The Property Department is responsible for the management and maintenance of parsonages, freehold and glebe properties. During 2012, a new quinquennial reporting system was introduced. Following a quinquennial inspection the works required for a property are broken down into three categories: urgent works i.e. works that need to be done for health and safety or to arrest the structural deterioration of the property; within 12 months i.e. if the funds are available the works would ideally be carried out within the year; and major cost items that are generally structural works that may have to be undertaken within five years. This format of reporting assists the Property Team to prioritise works. All of the urgent works items for the 29 quinquennial properties in 2012 were undertaken.
A total of 708 works orders were completed in 2012. Of these works reactive repairs (575 jobs) accounted for 61% of the expenditure, vacancy works on 32 properties (97 jobs) came to 20% and the final 19% of costs was used for quinquennial repairs (36 jobs). The Property Team carried out work at 140 of our 146 properties in 2012.
With finite resources, the Property Team focused on essential works in 2012 and these mainly consisted of ensuring that the walls, roofs, windows and heating in our vicarages was sound. Therefore, £136k was spent on general building works that included a significant amount of damp works at a number of properties. A further £93k was spent on roof repairs and £69k on plumbing and heating repairs.
New double-glazed windows, with assistance from the Marshall Grant scheme, were put in seven properties. Two bathrooms were installed in two vicarages, one as quinquennial approved works and one required as a reactive repair following leaks. Two kitchens were also installed at two vicarages as part of the quinquennial programme.
Following approval from Bishop’s Council, the new parsonages handbook was published in June 2012. It was hoped that a more comprehensive handbook would be beneficial to occupants of parsonages and other diocesan properties to help them know what assistance is available from the Diocese and how they can help with the stewardship of their homes. Whereas no handbook will ever cover every eventuality, a considerable amount of time has been spent on trying to include a broad range of issues that occupants of parsonages and diocesan properties will experience in any given year.
The safeguarding team continue to offer support, advice and training to all employees, paid or voluntary. The key priorities in training being safeguarding awareness and safe working practice, current policy and procedure, case management, and responding to incidents and concerns.

During 2012, the training programme consisted of Essential Awareness Adults, Essential Awareness Children, Safeguarding Policy and Managing Offenders. A total of 22 training workshops were held in 2012 providing training, relevant to their roles and needs, for 450 delegates (up from 144 delegates in 2011).

Safeguarding training is further supported by regular newsletters Safeguarding Matters; this is used to update best practice and changes in legislation. One important change in 2012 being the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act which led to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) becoming the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS); this new service continues to evolve with further changes anticipated.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Panel meets quarterly and the panel members, who include representatives from statutory agencies, are updated regarding cases, incidents and training. During 2012, there were three concerns raised relating to the welfare of children and one relating to vulnerable adults; all of these were referred to the statutory agencies for further support or investigation.
The Safeguarding Adviser is also responsible for ensuring that any member of the congregation who may pose a risk to vulnerable groups is subject to a risk assessment regarding their conduct within the congregation. In 2012, a total of six new assessments were completed and a total of 19 codes of conduct were in place within the diocese.
During 2012, 938 CRB/DBS checks were processed on lay members within the diocese.

Jenny Hollingsworth

Mission Development
The Revd Charlie Peer was appointed to this new post in August 2012, with the aim of promoting Ministry for Mission at all levels in the diocese. This is a key part of the diocese’s strategy to embed the principles of Ministry for Mission into the culture of our churches and the whole diocese.
The initial focus has been on three main areas:
1. Communicating the principles of mission and church growth.

Ministry for Mission is a framework which sets the tone for the whole culture of the diocese, in a dynamic process of enabling Synods, PCCs, and other groups to engage with the questions of mission and church growth. The Mission Development Officer visited several Deanery Synods and Chapters to present the challenges and practicalities of mission. This programme was also delivered to the Isle of Wight joint synod, Hayling Island group consultation, and Fareham & Gosport cross-deanery education group. The Officer also contributed to the Archdeaconry budget consultations, with other members of the diocesan team.

  1. Working with individual parishes

Most of the Officer’s time is spent working with individual parishes or clusters to support them in mission and growth, tailored to the individual needs of the parish, but always focussed on developing the church’s mission to its local community. This support is being offered over an extended period, rather than as a one-off consultation, to enable long-term, sustainable transformation. Parish vision days lead to an honest appraisal of strengths and weaknesses, the formation of a coherent vision and mission action planning, with the offer of whatever long-term support is needed for its implementation. 5 parishes or clusters are currently engaged in this programme.

  1. Developing diocesan strategy

The Officer has contributed to the work of the Bishop’s Council sub –group for Ministry or Mission which makes recommendations for development to both Bishop’s Council and the Bishop’s staff team.
The Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling came into in post on 1st March 2012 and continues to benefit hugely from the support of a large team of volunteers who give their time and energy to this important part of the Church’s formation for mission.
42 spiritual directors are currently active in the diocese, being supported in 9 supervision groups. 4 new members joined supervision groups this year. Two social events for directors were held, to provide encouragement and support
42 people were referred to spiritual directors by the Spirituality Adviser; together with a number of informal referrals.

The diocesan foundation course in Christian spirituality, Inspire, concluded in June 2012 and has been revised for a fresh intake of students in 2013. Previous participants from the course continue to volunteer to act as mentors for future courses.
6 Spirituality Days were held at the Cathedral and 2 on the Isle of Wight, with a total attendance of more than 175 participants.
In preparation for the Pentecost weekend (May 2013) in the diocese, the Adviser drew together a team to resource a series of prayer stations to be available in the Cathedral.
The Spirituality Adviser led 23 quiet days and workshops: St John’s Ryde, Gosport deanery and deanery chapter, Holy Trinity Fareham, Portsmouth central cluster, St Wilfred’s Cowplain, cathedral intercessors’ team, Spirituality Day at the Cathedral, St Mary’s Portchester, Petersfield Deanery, St Cuthbert’s Copnor, two prayer days for Inspire course members and team, St Jude’s Southsea, Bishop’s Waltham deanery Hayling Island, Holy Trinity Fareham, Spirituality Day at Barton, Rowlands Castle, East Cowes Churches Together, a quiet day for Headteachers, and Gosport deanery.
Other engagements and inputs included contributing to the Diocesan Foundation Course, leading Good Friday at the Cathedral, talks to every deanery chapter; and also to St George’s Portsea St John’s Ryde, St Matthew’s Bridgemary St Wilfred’s Cowplain, St Peter’s Hayling, St Andrew’s Hayling, St Matthew’s Blackmoor, St Helen’s IoW, Holy Week and Easter at Hart Plain, St Faith’s Lee, a CMD day on the English Mystics and a ‘week of Greek’ for those wishing to engage with the original text of the New Testament.

Representation on regional and national bodies
The Adviser attended the biennial national consultation for spirituality advisers, organised by the Retreat Association, in March 2012 and is involved in preparing a consultation on self-regulation and good practice in spiritual direction for the next national spiritual direction trainers’ conference in 2015. She took part in a conference run by the spirituality advisers of the south eastern region at Worth Abbey and also chairs the project group for spirituality within the South Central Regional Training Partnership.
Healing Ministry
This last year has seen a re-evaluation of the role of the Healing Advisor and Healing Group within the diocese and the appointment by the Bishop of Dr David Pearson as Adviser for Healing Ministry.

For various reasons the Healing Group has not been active for some time and the programme of Healing Days has been in abeyance, which has allowed for reflection on future directions and an investigation into the extent and variety of healing ministry within parishes the identification of the key people involved. Future diocesan support will build on and resource what is happening locally and promote the formation of a network of those involved in healing ministry.

It is encouraging to note that one deanery (Bishop’s Waltham) has a regular healing group meeting – a possible model for others to develop.

Youth & Children
WorkerNET – Employed Youth & Children’s Worker Network
20 paid youth, families and children’s worker in parishes and projects were provided with support, resource and training and there were 6 meetings of the network group.

2 churches in the diocese are offering internship posts to people who wish to gain ministry experience.
Leader & Volunteer Training & Support

  • A circulation list of 950+ reflects the continued growth and usefulness of the youth and children’s leader website (DOPCANDY), with weekly emails to clergy, diocesan officers, workers and volunteers

  • 47 leaders attended the basic training course, ‘The Key’, now being delivered to parishes and deaneries in their local context

  • 50 people attended ‘Christmas Unwrapped’, an evening of Christmas ideas for children, led by Libby Norris, whose knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism has enhanced the diocese’s support for children’s work

  • 50 delegates gathered with Bishop Christopher for a day exploring confirmation,led by Pete Maidment and Susie Mapledoram, authors of “Reconnecting With Confirmation”

  • On March 7th Dr. Rebecca Nye was able to bring valuable and challenging input to a Bishops Training day attended by clergy and readers from across our diocese. Despite a cold cathedral this has proved a useful in conversations with parishes about the nurture and discipleship of children and young people.

Parish Support & Consultations
35 consultation visits to parishes and deaneries provided advice and support for

  • Curriculum and programme for youth and children’s work

  • Employing and managing parish workers

  • Face to face work with young people, in residential settings

  • Developing children’s ministry – especially Messy Church

  • One to one mentoring with key leaders and workers

  • Promoting the diocesan young vocations programme

  • Awareness raising for PCCs and deanery synods

Church of England Youth Council.
Joshua Bell (Rowlands Castle) and Dunkan Wheatley (Christ Church, Portsdown) represented the diocese to the Church of England Youth Council on two occasions
Regional & National Networks

The Adviser contributed to regional and national work by

  • Presenting on ‘social media’ tothe National Children Advisers Conference

  • Serving on the Archbishop’s Council Board of Education Advisory Group,“Going for Growth”

  • Working with Ministry Division as part of young vocations exploration

  • Assisting with organising the National Youth Officers Conference for 2013.

Young Vocations
The diocesan Young Vocations Champions (Rev Connie Sherman & Rev Greg Holmes), together with the Youth and Children’s work Adviser, designed and began to deliver the ‘Discovery’ programme, aimed at 16 to 24 year olds who are seeking a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for their lives. The programme has three strands:

  • Discovery Day – a day event to provide time, space and challenge to hear God’s call

  • Discovery Young Leaders Course - to develop and empower young people in their calling

  • Discovery Gap Year – an opportunity to a whole year in a parish and other placements, experiencing many different contexts of ministry (to begin September 2013)

Lay Discipleship
To develop further the range and impact of support provided by the diocese, the role of the Youth and Children’s work adviser within the team was adjusted to increase engagement with lay discipleship.
To promote personal and parish community development, training, resources and advice were provided to individuals and parish groups:

  • 21 students completed the Bishop’s Foundation Course in Christian Studies

  • 16 PCC members attended training events focussed on their role

  • 43 churchwardens took part in training (induction and advanced)

  • 28 students completed the first Module of Exploring Christianity

  • 25 particpants shared in the “Work of The People” worship development course

  • In support of Ministry for Mission a training package for discipleship learning in the small group context is in preparation

  • materials and programme for Pentecost 2013 event were developed

  • to help parishes engage creatively with generational differences, in learning and in worship, training materials are being prepared in collaboration with the ‘Mind the Gap’ resouece team

Licensed Lay Ministry (Readers)
The revised framework for training was introduced in 2012, with the launch of the ‘Exploring Christianity’ programme, both for discipleship learning and also as the first phase (two years) for lay minsters in-training. Further work was begun on the design of the ‘formational’ process, which will form the third year of the training programme.
The annual training conference welcomed the Bishop as the principal contributor to the weekend teaching programme.

  • 2 new Readers were admitted and licensed during the year

  • 6 students are currently in training

  • At the end of 2012 there were 82 licensed Readers and a further 43 with permission to officiate

  • Annual returns record that during the year Readers undertook the following duties: 1139 sermons, 252 funerals, 854 pastoral visits, 514 home communions,1374 Sunday services and 1217 weekday offices, representing a significant increase over the previous year in Readers’ ministry engagement.

Ordained Ministry – vocation, selection and training

Ordination training in the Church of England is provided by many training institutions, operating within several Higher Education contexts for accreditation. The process, initiated by General Synod, of moving towards a Common Awards framework has required much involvement of diocesan staff in consultation and collaboration with colleagues regionally and nationally. The new framework will be operational from the autumn of 2014.

 Within the Mission & Discipleship team, the Revd Clare Towns has taken on the role of promoting vocations.

  • 51 people are in the process of exploring ordination, with many others at the stage of initial enquiry

  • 19 candidates are currently in training, 18 of whom are at STETS, with 3 attending full-time college courses. 7 of these are destined for stipendiary ministry, with 3 other candidates for stipendiary ministry being imported from other dioceses in 2012

  • 9 candidates were sent for selection to Bishops’ Advisory Panels, of whom 7 were recommended for training

  • 7 candidates began training in 2012, with up to 7 more expected to begin 

Continuing Ministerial Development
Opportunities for spiritual, intellectual and organisational development are provided for all licensed ministers, based on the personal and professional development needs arising from regular ministry reviews.

  • 8 participants are currently undertaking degree courses, at various stages of completion

  • 2 diocesan training days were arranged, both attended by over 140 participants

  • 2 clergy were sponsored to share in the extended programme of leadership development provided in partnership with Winchester Diocese

  • 3 clergy engaged in programmes of Extended Ministerial Development Leave

  • Financial support was offered for attendance at training programmes and conferences provided by other agencies

  • Support was provided, within the ministerial development programme, for parishes and clusters on team-building, development of vision and patterns of working

Southern Region Institute (SRI) – training for transitions

  • 1 couple was sponsored to attend a Pre-Retirement course

  • 5 new incumbents took part in the First Responsibility course

  • 4 persons attended a course on Working with the Newly Ordained

  • 3 clergy attended a course for new Area Deans

  • 1 member of the clergy was sponsored to attend Renaissance, offering support for those in mid-career

  • 2 people attended a New Posts Consultation

  • 10 others were offered the opportunity to participate in the SRI programme

Initial Ministerial Education (years 4 – 7)

  • 53 participants are currently in the programme, including 18 readers, 19 self supporting clergy and 16 stipendiary clergy.

  • Formal Assessment procedures at End of Curacy are now fully operational and being moderated by the Regional Training Partnership

  • Cathedral placements for those in their second year of curacy are now an established feature of the IME programme

  • Training placements and secondments scheme are provided for those in their third year of the programme

  • Additional support and training is being developed for incumbents about to receive curates in training

Regional Training Partnership (RTP)

  • Partner dioceses and ecumenical colleagues across the south central area continue to work together in developing and ensuring quality in training and assessment services

The Mission & Discipleship team 2012
The Revd Canon Karina Green Continuing Ministerial Development Adviser

The Revd Ruth Schofield Co-ordinator for CMD and IME (temporary post)

The Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling Spirituality Adviser

Mr Ben Mizen Youth, Children’s Work & Lay Discipleship Adviser

Mrs Libby Norris Children’s Work Consultant

The Revd Charlie Peer Mission Development Officer

The Venerable Peter Sutton Officer for Initial Ministerial Education (4-7)

Vacancy Mission Resources Adviser

Dr David Pearson Adviser in Healing Ministry

The Revd Canon Robin Coutts Director of Ordinands

The Revd Canon Peter Kelly Senior Vocations Chaplain

The Revd Claire Towns Vocations Development Adviser

The Revd Connie Sherman Young Vocations Champion

The Revd Greg Holmes Young Vocations Champion

Lay Canon Hilary Spurgeon Deputy Warden of Readers

The Venerable Gavin Collins Chair of Mission & Discipleship Forum

The Revd Canon Nicholas Biddle Liturgy and Worship Group

Mrs Kay Lancaster Administrative Secretary

Mrs Claire Holland Administrative Assistant

The Revd Canon David Isaac Team Leader

The Mission & Discipleship team for 2012 included 3 full time staff, 4 part-time staff (2.5 ft equivalent) and 7 voluntary team members



The Mission and Society section majors on the central diocese’s work focussed outwards and promotes the wider social action and engagement of the church. Much of this is achieved through the work of the Council for Social Responsibility, now a separate charitable company with its own 3 year business strategy. CSR encompasses 75% of the role of the Social Responsibility team. The rest of the work of Mission and Society is as described below by the various volunteer officers who faithfully support the work in specialist and important ways often alongside other demanding roles. Our thanks go to all of them for their dedication and commitment.
Council for Social Responsibility
The wider economic outlook has not changed and continues to be extremely challenging. The funding picture has changed beyond recognition and many charities now find that they need to take a completely new and different approach to their own sustainability. Fortunately we have already embarked on this and whilst it has been a challenging year, progress has been made in a variety of areas. In terms of the first aim of the CSR’s work programme, financial sustainability, this was achieved two years ago.
The work this year has been largely about achieving the goals set out for the final year of the current business plan and preparing the ground for the next 3 years. We have consolidated our work on the rapid development programme, secured the future for Good Neighbours and continued to develop the creative leadership programme.
CSR - Good Neighbours Support Service
In 2011-12 GNSS received funding from Hampshire County Council and from Hampshire Primary Care Trust at the same level as t

he previous year. Given the cuts to local budgets, this was a significant milestone at a time when budgets were under great pressure. It shows the value

that the funders attach to the service provided especially to the work of the frontline groups. The staff worked hard under considerable pressure at times to support more groups, undertaking more tasks than ever, and for the first time, with 100% of groups undertaking CRB checks. There was a highly successful annual conference in October and a growing relationship with the Saga Group which has provided groups with some unique software to help them manage their volunteers, tasks and the matching of the two together. Various get-togethers and training sessions have been held as well as assistance to recruit new volunteers which has been a particular focus.

GNSS groups provided 139,715 tasks this year (2011 - 108,156)

Number of volunteers involved in

GNSS groups throughout Hampshire 3,628 (2011 - 3,599)

This year has seen significant adjustments to the safeguarding legislation under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. This has usefully crystallised issues that were previously opaque. Driving tasks are now a regulated activity and checks must be conducted on all volunteers regardless of the frequency with which the task is undertaken

CSR -Rapid Development Programme (rdp)
The main activities this year have been the first rdp conference entitled, ‘Change’, and the training of new facilitators so that the work can be shared beyond the current two trainers. They will be deployed initially to assist the next few programmes and then to be part of the core delivery team. The conference took place at Portsmouth Grammar School in October over 2 days. Over 50 people attended from a variety of English dioceses and one Welsh one. Speakers included Philip James, head of Strategy and Resources at the Church Commissioners, Graeme Codrington, international business speaker and expert on the future world of work, and Tim Bissett, CEO of the Church Urban Fund. In addition to this, work has been done to develop the programme further and to widen its appeal as well as identifying new growth markets. Work was also completed in the year on rdp projects in the Winchester Diocese.
CSR - Joint Venture
The JVSE (50% owned by CSR and 50% by Parity Trust) under its newly appointed director, Francis Davis, has been working with a number of parish clients to help them bring their project plans to fruition as well as identifying areas of potential new work that will assist with its long term sustainability including the initial setting up work for an innovation centre, based in spare offices at Portsmouth Cathedral with satellite offices in other places around Hampshire.
CSR - Leadership and Innovation
Work has continued with the Kaospilots School in Aarhus Denmark, in a one week Creative Leadership programme based in their training school, promoting creativity and social entrepreneurship. A mixed group of both church people and others were taken for the programme in May 2012. The aim is to continue this association but to grow a locally based network of mutually supportive people interested in creativity, entrepreneurship and enterprise.
CSR - Community Bond
Further work was commissioned to explore the risks, issues and rewards for CSR of promoting a faith based Community Bond scheme. This work will not be reported on until 2013 at which point a decision can be made about how it should proceed.

CSR - University of Portsmouth
CSR has continued to work closely with the University of Portsmouth, especially, the School of Architecture, and the Business School (Joint Venture), and the Centre for Enterprise (Kaospilots). The School of Architecture continued to support our work, with churches being used as case studies for students’ academic work. Last year Somerstown in Portsmouth was the area of focus for their postgraduate programme culminating in June with some students helping the church there to rethink how they use their spaces.
Other Mission and Society Work

Led by Canon Terry Louden
IDWAL is the umbrella organisation under which links of Christian friendship and partnership are sustained between the Anglican Provinces of West Africa and Nigeria and the Dioceses of Portsmouth, Chichester and Guildford. Some 35 parishes and schools in this diocese have active links with Anglican churches and schools in Ghana.
Visitors from Ghana, both clergy and laity, continue to enrich the spiritual life of our diocese. Bishop Matthias Mededues-Badohu, of Ho, was present at the June 2012 Ordinations, and made a second visit to Portsmouth in November. The Bishop of Tamale, Jacob Ayeebo, visited the Isle of Wight in November. Bishop Francis Quashie, of Koforidua, was also here in November, and spoke at the November Diocesan Synod. Other Ghana visitors have been hosted by Buriton, All Saints’ Ryde, Crofton, North End, and All Saints’, East Meon.
Travellers from this Diocese to Ghana in 2012 included Stuart and Linda Forster from Crofton who were in Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese in February and October, and a group from Denmead who visited Koforidua Diocese in October and November. Tom Kennar, from the North End Team Ministry, was installed as Hon. Canon of Cape Coast in February, and then returned to Ghana in August to set up the Deanery of Portsmouth-Diocese of Ho link; his visit included leading the Ho ordination retreat. Our IDWAL Chairman, Canon Terry Louden, visited in late August and early September. His itinerary took him to Tamale, Kumasi, Dunkwa and Cape Coast, where he was also installed as Hon. Canon. Marion Syms, our IDWAL Hon. Secretary, was invited as a guest to the Sunyani Diocesan Synod in June.
The Provincial Synod of the Province of West Africa met in Liberia at the end of September. The Constitution was amended to create two internal provinces – Ghana – and Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cameroon. The Rt. Revd Dr. Daniel Sarfo, Bishop of Kumasi, was elected as the first Archbishop of Ghana, and the Rt. Revd. Tilewa Johnson, Bishop of Gambia, was elected as the ninth Archbishop of West Africa, and Primate.
Diocesan Synod, at the November 2012 meeting, approved a formal resolution recommitting the Diocese to the Ghana link. This demonstrates that the Portsmouth Diocesan family takes the Ghana link seriously, and that it is integral and not peripheral to our diocesan life.
The Diocesan IDWAL Committee publishes a Newsletter each May and October, copies of which are sent to all parishes. A ‘Bring and Share’ event was held in November 2012 at Cathedral House. IDWAL’s pages on the Diocesan website are updated regularly.
Urban Ministry Group

Led by Canon Bob White
The Advisor works closely with a group of ministers who are either in Urban areas - or who have an interest in the issues facing Urban communities. The group meets termly for a lunch and an opportunity to offer each other support and share concerns that are faced in the areas they serve. These range from personal support and care to issues such as benefit changes, foodbanks and changes in funding cultures for those we work in partnership with. Members of the group have played a leading role in the development of the Churches Homeless Action Group, and its recent work in bringing together the diversity of foodbanks in the area; the recent conference on Benefit changes and their impact; and in reflecting on how Ministry for Mission affects Urban ministry and communities.

Led by the Revd Mary Tillman
The work continues steadily – the support group meet twice each year, and plan two copies of ‘Beyond Ramps’ newsletters, one for Spring and one for Autumn. Thanks go to those who have contributed articles. During this year we have added to the number on the support group so that as well as representatives from each Deanery, we have representatives that have knowledge of a greater variety of disabilities.
There have been three services for people with special needs, at Christmas, Easter and Harvest, and three retreat days. Thanks go to those who have attended these in any capacity. There have been the usual visits as requested by individuals or parishes and queries dealt with. Almost all parishes have provided a parish rep responsible for disability issues and this has proved very useful in getting information around the parishes.
Mary will be retiring in June 2013 and has seen great progress in both access and attitude to people with disabilities since she came to office. Thanks to all who have worked in the Diocese on disability issues.

Led by the Revd Simon Sayers
The work of Churches Together in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight has largely been in abeyance since its failure to appoint a Mission Together Enabler. Only one meeting was held last year and it awaits the appointment of a new Chairman to bring fresh vitality vision. Local Churches Together groups continue to thrive in most parts of the Diocese and do so without reference to CTHI.
Rural Affairs

Led by the Revd David Heatley and Canon Graham Morris
The Rural Affairs Advisers, David Heatley, (mainland), Graham Morris, (Island), try to “keep their fingers on the pulse”, but are also full time incumbents. They do not attempt to be agricultural chaplains.


The Island tends to be self contained and can have differing issues to the mainland, for example the cost and provision of cross Solent travel. On the mainland they have links, with the rest of Hampshire via the Diocese of Winchester Rural Officer and the Hampshire Rural Group which is part of the Rural Theology Association.

The rural church has much in common with the church anywhere, but operates in a different culture, being part of the history of the place and this sense of place has to be appreciated and that the rural church community can be different to the urban. The inclusion of a training day on Rural Ministry in IME and CME might be useful.


Workplace Chaplaincy

Port Chaplain – the Revd Phil Hiscock
The Port of Portsmouth continues to be an amazingly complex and challenging place and the breadth of chaplaincy needs is very broad. All movements, including commercial and leisure, are under the direction of the Queen's Harbour Master. The Port Authority, the 'competent harbour authority', is one of the few in the Country that is local authority owned and this gives it a very distinctive character.
The commercial port, now re-branded 'Portsmouth International Port' consists of many enterprises and agencies (statutory and other) that interact to enable the whole to function. Through its firmly established commercial “subsidiary”, 'Mainland Market Deliveries' (MMD), it now directly operates all the main wharves in addition to the ferry port and Camber. An increasing amount of the Naval Base support services are now privatised and this has been an additional area of contact.
In addition to the continental ferries (Brittany ferries and LD Lines), and the Condor/Commodore ships to the Channel Islands, mainly RORO and cars, and the cruise liners within the 'ferry port', the two other quays (Albert Johnson and Flathouse Quays) welcome Fyffe and Del Monte fruit ships and others to their refrigerated banana and citrus fruits facilities as well as to its other general containerised cargoes.
The Port continues to grow both commercially, including a growing cruise ship programme and a new terminal building, and in the area of pleasure/leisure around the whole harbour. The cruises that have been attracted to the port have been the medium sized and more specialist ones. The port has been able to respond with a more 'personalised' welcome with liners usually arriving early in the morning and departing late afternoon. This development has required additional visits and contacts.
The chaplaincy work involves building relationships with authority, enterprises, shipping and crewing agencies, port operators, ferry and ship owners and the local community in addition to the seafarers. Regular visits to the various offices, terminals, quays and ships are a key element of the work.
During 2012 there were some significant changes to diocesan communications. The team comprises an adviser (4 days a week) and an assistant (2 days a week). At the end of 2012, our communications assistant Caroline Challender stepped down. She was replaced at the start of 2013 by Julie Minter, who has settled into the role well.
The Pompey Chimes continued to be well regarded, with 8,000 copies distributed via churches and some church schools. For the second year, the annual report was summarised in a four-page supplement in July.

The diocesan website remains an important resource for parishes and acts as a tool for mission. It attracts between 6,000-9,000 visitors each month. One significant change was the move of our online diocesan directory off our website to a separate site, managed by a commercial firm. This involved a huge amount of work ensuring that the information was correct, and that the switch happened smoothly. It also became clear that it would be important to ensure the website was suitable for accessing via mobile phones and tablets, which we’re working on in 2013.

We continue to support 30 or so parish websites, many of which are based on a diocesan template. The E-Bulletin continued to develop as a way of sharing information and resources electronically. It is sent individually to more than 1,000 office-holders each month, and statistics are now kept on which items were most viewed and clicked on.
Our media liaison allowed us to communicate important information such as the increase in attendance figures, the bishop’s vision for the future, a campaign to urge the Chancellor to abandon a VAT change, our Mission Opportunities Fund and the creation of new church schools. We were also able to react to media interest in the use of the hall at St Peter’s, Southsea, as a theatre and to child protection issues.
Social media has become more important, with information communicated to hundreds of non-churchgoers via Twitter and Facebook. They are used to guide people to news and information on our website, to share photos of events and activities and to share daily prayer requests.
And parishes were given communications advice during 2012, via a prize-giving event at Bishopsgrove for parish magazine editors and webmasters; communications audits; and individual queries about aspects of parish communication.

Nick Ralph



The Mission Statement of the JDBE (2012) was:
The JDBE seeks to serve God by contributing to educational policy and provision within the dioceses through
supporting church schools in their pursuit of excellence,

helping parishes to engage with schools and colleges,

promoting religious education, collective worship & spiritual development,

networking with chaplains in higher and further education,

working with local authorities and other partners.
Academies, New Schools and Free Schools in the Dioceses
The number of schools exploring academy status continues to increase and there are now 5 Church of England Primary Academies, one of which was a Diocesan sponsored converter Academy and 2 Secondary academies in the family of Church Schools. There are another 5 primary schools actively working through the process at the time of writing this report. Two of which will be Diocesan sponsored converter Academies.
The Portsmouth & Winchester Diocesan Board of Education sponsored its first ‘underperforming’ Church School, the former Oakmeadow CE Voluntary Controlled School. This will mean for the first time in over a hundred years the Board of Education will be accountable for standards at the school/academy. This makes very real the historic and radical changes brought about by the government in the English education system.
In addition, a bid had been submitted to the DfE to establish a C of E. Voluntary Aided School in the major development area at West of Waterlooville. A new C. of E Voluntary Aided Primary School proposal had, subject to planning approval in March 2013, will be built in Whiteley on a temporary site. This school will be for between 420 and 630 children aged 4-11.
Pilgrims’ Cross C. of E. (VA) Primary School, Andover, is a school for 210 children on a new housing development and this new school will open in September 2013.

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