Appointing the next Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, laid down his crozier on 4 October 2020.

Bishop Colin will retire in November this year having served with great distinction as Bishop of Dorchester. The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, received the formal approval in June from the Dioceses Commission to move ahead and appoint the next Bishop of Dorchester.

Please keep this appointment in your prayers in the coming months, both privately and publicly.

Click [+] below for key dates and documentation relating to this appointment.

5 November 2019 – Bishop Colin announces his intention to retire

4 October 2020 – Bishop Colin lays down his crozier.
Photos and press release | Church at Home service | Farewell service

9 July 2020 – a letter from Bishop Steven to all licensed clergy, first church wardens and licensed lay ministers in the Dorchester Archdeaconry

  • 9 June – submission to the Diocese Commission
  • w/c 6 July – written consultation
  • 10, 17, 24 July – announcement in church press
  • 17 July – advisory panel confirmed
  • 31 August – end of consultation process
  • 9 September – longlisting
  • 18 September – shortlisting
  • 1 and 2 October – interviews
  • 4 October – farewell event for +Colin (which we hope will be streamed live to the Diocese)

The advisory panel includes an Area Dean and Lay Chair from the Archdeaconry, wider representatives from the Diocese and an external consultant. The role of the Advisory Group is to share in the process of shortlisting and interview and to advise Bishop Steven on the appointment. Bishop Steven will chair the panel and asked Judy French as Archdeacon to liaise with Area Deans and Lay Chairs about appropriate representatives from both groups for the Advisory Panel.

The Bishop of Oxford (chair) bishop.oxford@oxford.anglican.org

The Diocesan Secretary, Mark Humphriss diosec@oxford.anglican.org

Helen Kendrick (Area Dean Abingdon) rector@damascusparish.org.uk

Gordon Gill (Wallingford Lay Chair) laychairwallingforddeanery@gmail.com

The Chair of the House of Clergy, Geoff Bayliss cowleyareadean@oxford.anglican.org

The Chair of the House of Laity, nominee Sue Scane se.scane@gmail.com

Director of Human Resources, Diocese of Oxford Poli Shajko poli.shajko@oxford.anglican.org

Bishop Steven’s nominee Janet Binns, Janet Binns revjanetbinns@gmail.com

An external representative nominated by the Bishop, Caroline Boddington