New chaplain for the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

A sport-loving clergywoman from Cambridgeshire is to be the new chaplain for the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler

The Rev Lucy Cleland (36), will take up the role in October, following the move of the Revd Canon Tony Evans to be Priest-in-Charge of Edwinstowe, Perlethorpe and Clipstone.

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted that Lucy will be joining my team as Chaplain. She brings with her excellent experience in both parish pastoral leadership and administration. She will also bring skills in research and liturgy which will assist us all in many ways.”

Lucy, who trained for ordination at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, has spent the last six years ministering in semi-rural parishes in the Diocese of Ely.

She said: “My first experience of the Midlands was in the mid 90s at Aston University, Birmingham. I was studying International Business and French which included a year abroad in Quebec City. In recent years, I have spent some time in Newark and Southwell during New Wine summer conferences. I look forward to travelling around as Bishop’s Chaplain and visiting all the people and places of the diocese.”

Lucy grew up in Farnham on the Surrey/Hampshire border and sang in the church choir where her mother was the organist. Before ordination, she honed her pastoral and organisational skills as parish administrator at St Barnabas Church, Cambridge. After being ordained in 2005 she was a curate at Yaxley and Holme with Conington for three years, before becoming Priest-in-Charge for the parishes of Landbeach and Waterbeach in the Diocese of Ely.

Lucy said: “In my spare time, I plan to pursue my love of sport by following the football and cricket in Nottingham. I will also be out walking with my housemate and companion Brodey, a retired golden retriever.”