Diocesan Synod

For Diocesan Synod enquiries please contact:

Diocesan Secretary George Colville on 01928 718834 ext 247 or his PA Joanne Ridley on 01928 718834 ext 252

Diocesan Secretary- George Colville
I was born and grew up in Liverpool and studied at Liverpool Bluecoat School before reading Mathematics at Brasenose College Oxford. After graduating I trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Liverpool. I then worked for the Charity Commission as a Senior Accountant where my main role was providing accounting support, advice and training to the Charity Commission staff and Charity trustees. I met my wife Andrea at Oxford. She worked as a Computer Analyst before taking on the job of looking after our two children. We worship at St Ann's Church Warrington, where I play the keyboard and am currently Churchwarden after previously having been treasurer for many years. Andrea runs the Guides. My interests include visiting historic monuments particularly castles, music and swimming. I am keen to hear from everyone involved in the Church's mission, and to ensure that the very best support is available to parishes, clergy and to others who follow Christ's call in our diocese.


Annual Parochial Church Meetings 2018

Letters have been sent to all PCC Secretaries (or in parishes without a PCC Secretary to another relevant person) detailing the APCM procedures.  The letter can be found here.  Please note, the hyperlink to the online Church Representation Rules in the posted letter has now changed: the correct page is here.


Diocesan Synod Elections 2018

The current Synod ends on 31 July 2018, with the 2018 - 2021 Synod elections taking place over the preceding months.  If you would like to become a member of Synod and take part in the government of the diocese please contact your Rural Dean (or your parish clergy who will be able to put you in touch with the Rural Dean) and ask for a nomination form: any lay person who is an actual communicant member of the Church of England of 16 years or upwards and whose name is entered on the electoral roll of any parish in the deanery (and in addition in the case of Chester Deanery is on the community roll of Chester Cathedral) is eligible to stand for Diocesan Synod.


Diocesan Synod Dates 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018

Saturday 9th June 2018 (Reserve Date)

Saturday 10th November 2018

Synod members will receive papers prior to each meeting.


Diocesan Synod on Saturday 17th March 2018

Synod met at Chester University at 9.15am on 17th November.


Committee for Ministry

Committee for Social Responsibility





Setting God's People Free


Diocesan Synod on Saturday 11th November 2017

Synod met at Upton Priory at 9.15am on 11th November.

General Synod Report

Bishop Peter's Presidential Address


Diocesan Synod on Saturday 11th March 2017

Synod met at The Fuse, Partington at 9.15am on 11th March. 

Committee Reports:


Social Responsibility




Presentation on the 'Setting God's People Free' report


Standing Orders

The Standing Orders of Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

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