Diocesan News

  • Safeguarding training dates
    New dates have been added for Safeguarding training for next term. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.  Click here for more information.


  • Data protection changes
    The National Church has published online resources to help you to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
    GDPR will take effect in the UK in May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used. Parishes must comply with its requirements, like any other charity or organisation.
    There are a number of actions that the PCC should take before the new regulations take effect –  click here to find out more.


PCC Members and Officers 2017/2018


Chairman                                                                   Revd Mark Rodel

Lay Vice Chairman                                                 Ian Godson

Churchwarden                                                         Herbert Wakefield

Brenda Stevenson

Deputy Church Wardens                                     Colin Wightman

Elizabeth Brackenbury

Treasurer   &    Planned giving                         Colin Wightman

Electoral Roll Officer                                             Margaret Hodgkinson

Secretary                                                                      Cynthia Stacey

Pierrepont Gamston School Governor          Richard Cumberland


Members  (without Portfolio)                            Revd Canon Howard Bateson

                      Sylvia Wakefield

                                Elizabeth Brackenbury

                   Jean Wightman

                         Dorothy Alexander

                  Audrey Newton

Date of next meeting                                            22 April 2018 &.15 pm in Church,

(Annual Parish Meeting)                                    following the evening service


Fabric Fund Committee                                     

Chairman                                                                    Ian Godson

                                               Revd Canon Howard Bateson

                                   Elizabeth Brackenbury

                    Cynthia Stacey

                          Brenda Stevenson

                          Herbert Wakefield

                      Colin Wightman

                     Jean Wightman

                                Margaret Hodgkinson


Standing Committee

                                              Revd Canon Howard Bateson

                     Cynthia Stacey

                            Brenda Stevenson

                             Herbert Wakefield

                         Colin Wightman



An introduction to Mark

Mark was previously City Centre Pioneer Minister in the heart of Portsmouth, where he led a tiny and struggling parish congregation into now territory. Together they moved out of the parish church building and into one of the nearby tower blocks, sharing breakfast and stories with resident families as the Sunday Sanctuary. Before that, as curate of St Jude’s, Southsea, he helped establish Friday Fridge – a late night drop-in and chill-out event for pubgoers in the area.

Before ordination, Mark worked for 13 years as a graphic designer. He graduated in Visual Art from Winchester School of Art in the mid-90s and later trained for ordination on the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS) course, based in Salisbury. Alongside his pioneering work in two parishes in Portsmouth, he completed an MA in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission, also from STETS. As part of that he developed an interest in spiritual practices of discernment, particularly in pioneer ministry.

Mark came to faith in his early teens and has a broad church experience. He has been part of house-church, Baptist and URC church communities but found his spiritual home in the Church of England. His background is evangelical and charismatic but he has been profoundly influenced by catholic and contemplative spirituality and theology too. Mark has long been concerned with people at the margins, both of church and society and is passionate about helping people of all ages to encounter, embrace and live-out the life-transforming story of Jesus in ways that take their own stories seriously.

Mark was born in London and grew up in Kent. He moved to Portsmouth twenty years ago chasing a girl who, happily for him, is now his wife. He and Barbara, a primary school teacher, have three children – Elliott, Toby and Lois. Mark loves the cinema, contemporary art and photography. He’s interested in science too – especially cosmology and particle physics, though he makes no pretence to understand either! He enjoys cooking and occasionally runs, especially when he has rather too much enjoyed his own cooking or when he needs to console himself about the fortunes of Portsmouth Football Club.


Mark’s induction service at All Hallows marks the beginning of a new phase of ministry for priest and people. It is one to which all come with a high sense of anticipation of God’s blessing on the years ahead, and it is right that this beginning is marked by a special service both of celebration and of dignity. At the beginning of a new ministry, when the Bishop is the Patron, a priest is collated, inducted and  licensed as Priest-in-Charge.

Before the service

Some features of the service had their origin in the Middle Ages, whilst otheres were relatively new – . This reminds us both that Christian ministry has been offered for centuries, and that the unchanging Gospel has to be proclaimed afresh for each succeeding generation.

Once a priest has been collated or instituted – given the ‘cure of souls’ by the Bishop – the Bishop invites the Archdeacon to induct the Priest into the ‘possession’ of the benefice(s). In this short ceremony, the Priest is in effect given a church building and a home to help in the task given by the Bishop. When a Priest in Charge is licensed, the priest is reminded of the responsibility for the benefice which is shared with the Bishop.

The welcomes are made by both churchpeople and representatives of the wider community, since the role of the Anglican parish priest is not only to nurture the faithful, but also to care for the whole community. The sharing of the Peace then signifies the drawing together in service of the priest, the regular worshippers, and the wider community.

Welcome speeches in “The Lady Bay”


The Vicar at St Edmund’s……………

On 13 September 2012, the Revd Mark Rodel was appointed to the benefice of All Hallows and St Edmund’s. Additionally, he has a two days-per week commitment to lecture at St John’s College, Bramcote.  As well as his teaching and parish duties, he has a Diocesan-wide responsibility as a “Pioneer Minister”, to go out and meet people in the community, and encourage them to join the Christian Church. This  means that he has limited time for his “local duties”, and so is not seen frequently at St Edmund’s. He has undertaken, however, to join us at least three times a year, plus the major festivals and social events.

The Revd Canon Howard Bateson  co-ordinates services leaders at St Edmund’s, so that we have a priest at least to celebrate holy communion, marriages, baptisms, etc. Other services will be led by a mixture of priests and lay people. The Revd Howard is  the first point of contact for funerals, weddings, etc.  His name and phone number are on our church Notice Board.


A little about the Revd Canon Howard Bateson ….

Revd Howard Bateson

I was born in Staffordshire where I spent my pre-university days… before taking a degree in geology in London. This took me in 1957 to my first appointment, to the Geological Survey in British Guiana, [now Guyana since independence in 1966] …where I remained till the summer of 1965. By this time I had met and married [1961] my wife Jeanette and our first son Robert had been born [1963].

From 1965 I was based in the Geological Survey of UK working out of a London office engaged on projects in SE Asia [Thailand & Burma], S & C America [Bolivia & Belize], and various Caribbean Islands,  and a 2 year residence in Jamaica.  During this period our other two sons were born; David [UK 1967], Peter [Jamaica 1972]

The Family Bateson moved from Hertfordshire [Bishops Stortford] to Nottingham in 1978 when the Survey re-located in Keyworth…my professional work from this time until my retirement in 1993 was as a unit head and project manager of a number of investigations in the UK

The call to the ordained ministry came and I began my training with the East Midland Ministry Training Course, University of Nottingham [now sadly no longer] in 1984 and was ordained as a Self Supporting Minister, [SSM], in October 1987. I served my curacy at St Paul’s, Wilford Hill, where I remained both as curate and associate priest until appointed Priest-in-Charge Staunton, Flawborough, Kilvington with Alverton, in January 1996 where I remained until my retirement at Easter 2004. I was also the Bishop’s Officer for SSMs in the Diocese for the 10 years prior to my retirement, and appointed Honorary Canon of Southwell Minster in 1999.

Jeanette and I have remained in West Bridgford since my retirement[s] and are still active in the church life of St Paul’s, Wilford Hill, and helping out in the Deanery as necessity requires. I represent the Retired Clergy at both Deanery and Diocesan Synods.

In the new ministry structure in this benefice I have been asked to be the ‘first contact /co-ordinator’ for all services, etc, at St Edmund’s…so that is why you may see me around.