Welcome to St Matthew’s Church in Morley, Derbyshire.

The Diocese has announced the appointment of the Rev Kate Plant as Priest-in-charge of Breadsall and Morley with Smalley. Mrs Plant will take up her post in the Spring. Please watch for confirmation and place for her licencing, and pray for her and her husband as they prepare for the move.


Over the past three years the churches in Morley and Smalley have officially been in an interregnum (have not had a resident Priest). However, we have been greatly blessed for eighteen months and beyond by an Associate Priest in the person of The Very Reverend Geoffrey Marshall and his wife Hazel. These, together with a wide range of visiting priests have all brought kindness and generated harmony amongst us.

During this time, in addition to our regular Sunday worship, services of marriage, baptism and funerals, not forgetting a memorable combined confirmation service, have taken place in our United Benefice. Proceeds from Christingle services held in the churches with children from the schools have supported The Children‟s Society; playgroup and school nativities have also been enjoyed.

Village and community celebrations of many kinds have also happened including in Smalley the wonderful Flower Festival and in Morley the very successful first Open Gardens event.

The Good news Hot off the Press is that on May 9th 2019 we will have the Institution of a new Priest, The Reverend Kate Plant, who is at present serving in the Diocese of Lincoln. A venue for this event has yet to be decided as Reverend Kate will be serving in the parishes of Breadsall. Morley and Smalley. Regular readers will recall that this new arrangement was first reported back in November 2017 by the Archdeacon of Derby and then the situation updated by ourselves in June 2018.

As is the case in many parts of the UK, and Derby Diocese is no exception, parishes are being brought together to form groupings where a minimum of 5,000 people are allocated just a single priest. Cost does come into the equation but this is also because those offering themselves for ordination has become increasingly scarce in recent years.

Reverend Kate is married to Tom, a retired teacher, and they have three grown-up children. who have found careers away from the family home. Kate and Tom will live in Breadsall Rectory.

How wonderful it will be if more people come to our services and support both church and community events so sharing in that blessing of believing and belonging!

Jan Walker MBE and Sheila Randall – Churchwardens

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