Building Works in Parish Room

I had a very positive and useful meeting with Martyn our builder and Richard our architect this morning. 

They are starting on Monday 23/01 at 8.30am. The plans below need a bit of explaining – ask me and I talk you through what is going to happen!

The good news is that the kitchen and the toilets in the hall remain accessible. 🙂 This means we can continue to do coffee/tea and other bits of hospitality during this period of time. We can’t go through the Parish Room but through the vicarage garden and the door through the Christians Aware Office – which should be ok as the paths have luckily been gravelled last year!

Can you help to get things ready?

In the meantime we need to clear out everything from the sacristy and the Parish Room by Saturday 21st January. This includes all vestments and all contents of the safe we are likely to use. I have started with packing up but could do with some help! If anybody has cardboard removal boxes they would also come in very useful indeed.

We are meeting on Saturday 7th January and Saturday 21st January for our usual church care slot from 9.15am to 11.15am. This week need to remove the trees and move the crib to the back of the church. If you have time to join us your presence would be most welcome indeed.

If you have a bit of time on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (7-9 January) next week to help me pack and move things out of the parish room and sacristy please let me know. I can happily bribe you with food and drink!

Shared Event between DMU and St Andrew’s

Please (!) join me for this event which is done in partnership between St Andrew’s and DMU. It will happen on DMU campus and online and the venue depends on numbers. Please use this LINK to sign up – the event is free of charge and features our very own Zakia Alharet!

Community Leadership and Faith


Following the Covid Pandemic, Brexit, the Ukraine war and the Cost of Living Crisis many people across all sectors have found themselves in positions of community leadership they neither applied nor specifically trained for.

Purpose of this event

The event wants to explore 

  • How did people end up in positions of community leadership? 
  • How have the global events of the past years changed their roles and tasks? 
  • How does their faith/spirituality influence what they are doing? 
  • How does being located in Leicester affect their story?

This event is deliberately not a forum for religious leaders or those representing a religion & belief institution, but for community leaders whose faith is part of their identity and motivates them to do what they are doing.

Panel Members

Riaz Ravat

Deputy Director of St Philip’s Centre – a leading UK interfaith organisation. Involved in interfaith work nationally and internationally and serves as Advisor to/ member of numerous other bodies including HM the King’s Public Service Honours Committee, UK Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group and the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation.

Riaz completed his MA in Inter-religious Relations at De Montfort University in 2012 and was named Alumnus of the Year by DMU in 2013.

Dr Zakia Alhareth

Dr Zakia Alhareth, currently is a Postdoc Vaccine Development Scientist at the Pandemic Sciences Institute at the University of Oxford, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Faculty at De Montfort University.

Kerry Tomblin 

Kerry is an atheist and a Humanist and has spent her whole adult life in public service, in adult social care for 35 years and retired at 55. She is also an accredited Humanist Celebrant and takes non-religious funeral and wedding ceremonies. 

She recently became a non-religious chaplain at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Kettering General Hospital, and she also serves on the Board of the Non-Religious Pastoral Care Support Network as well as being a trainer and Complaints Officer for Humanists UK. 

This event is open to all. Bookings will close 1 hour prior to the start of the event, and registrants will receive a link to join the online event 24hrs before the event, via their provided email address.