Conducting Occasional Services at HMP Woodhill After November 2019

The Rev Canon Alan Hodgetts (Managing Chaplain at HMP Woodhill) is retiring in November of this year. He is wondering if there are clergy in the Deanery or wider MK area who might have an interest in conducting occasional services at 10.30am on Sunday mornings after this date. If so, he is more than happy for you to email him directly at with an expression of interest.

There are 2 levels of clearance: A basic clearance will allow 3 visits per annum and the priest/minister would be supervised; A full clearance would allow several visits and more flexibility.

Expenses would be paid and for retired clergy a ‘sessional’ arrangement may be possible.

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Vacancy: Chaplain at Westbury Grange


Westbury Grange, Newport Pagnell

Permanent – Part Time – 15 hours per week.

Salary: £21,205 pro rata; Actual: £8,596.00

Closing date: 17th February 2019

Benefits: Pension, Holidays 28 days holiday (inc. bank holidays) pro rata, Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, Discount Scheme and DBS provided

Would you like to make a positive contribution to benefit older people?

Spiritual well-being – rather than religious affiliation or belief – as a universal need is a cornerstone of MHA’s positive approach to ageing and we aim to provide the highest quality care and support for older people of all faiths and none.

We are looking for a person who is in good standing with their faith community to take the role of chaplain (a lay person or an ordained minister).  They will build good working relationships with local faith communities and take on pastoral care, spiritual and worship aspects of life.

An empathetic understanding of spiritual aspects of ageing and dementia, demonstrated through experience of providing pastoral care and, ideally, leading services, is essential.

Learn more about the support and friendship MHA Chaplains provide to our 7,700 residents across the UK by watching our ‘Care of the Spirit’ video.

MHA has provided dementia care services at Westbury since 1989 in partnership with the local Primary Care Trust and Council. Westbury Grange was MHA’s first home to provide a high quality service specifically for older people with dementia.

With an emphasis on person-centred care, Westbury has specially trained staff to build relationships and ensure that each individual can choose how they wish to spend their time and express themselves.

Small-group living creates a homely environment where everyday living skills can be continued, and safe access to outside areas encourages people to continue enjoying fresh air and being outdoors.

To apply, please go to the MHA Website or   Application Form

If you require more information, please contact Westbury Grange direct on

Tel: 01908 210322  or Sue Coleman at:

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Vacancy: New Rector for Woughton Parish

Woughton is a richly diverse parish with both inner-city and suburban communities. We are committed to growth in depth, impact and numbers, and are looking for a Rector with a collaborative style of leadership.

The new Rector will have particular responsibility for the eastern half of the parish, loosely defined by the Grand Union Canal and the River Ouzel. It’s an area with three historic churches, green spaces and growing communities.

We are looking for someone who will focus on:

  • Prayer and Spirituality
  • Relationships, and
  • Community Engagement

Are you the next Rector of Woughton?

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