All enquiries concerning the parishes listed below should be directed to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's Office unless otherwise indicated. 
All appointments are of a parish priest unless otherwise stated. Details of the terms of the appointment are usually available with the parish details.

Assistant Parish Priest (Full-time stipendiary), Hanslope and Castlethorpe


Hanslope and Castlethorpe is a benefice of two villages in the Newport Deanery on the North Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire borders and have a population, currently, of 3,350 with a further 1,000 to be added in the next couple of years. The two churches are under the extended episcopal care of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet and are of moderate Anglo-Catholic church tradition. The churches are well supported and very active in their communities.


The current incumbent, The Revd Canon Gary Ecclestone, is being seconded by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet to work as his Parish Development Mentor for the next five years. He will continue to serve as Parish Priest and Area Dean but much of his parish role will be delegated to this new full time stipendiary Assistant Priest post. This is an incumbent status post and for a five-year period. The successful candidate will become the main and most visible face of the Church in the two communities. Fr Gary will continue to chair Castlethorpe PCC at least until the conclusion of the current building redevelopment project, but will delegate Hanslope PCC and the management of the day to day running of the two churches and their ministry to the successful candidate.


The new Assistant priest will:

  • be the prayerful centre of a busy parish
  • lead the benefice as it looks to build on 15 years of growth
  • encourage and resource a talented and committed group of lay leaders
  • will help us develop our vision and especially the opportunities we have through the occasional offices

We seek a traditional Anglo-Catholic priest who:

  • Is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross or affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda or willing to be so
  • Is rooted in prayer and can encourage others, of all ages, in the pursuit of holiness
  • Is fully committed to the sacramental life
  • Has a passion for both teaching and living out the catholic faith as the Church of England has received it
  • will plan and prepare diligently for public worship
  • Is kind and caring
  • Is naturally collaborative
  • will be a visible presence across our communities and especially in the two village schools
  • will visit people in their own homes

There’s a strong sense of shared vision within the two congregations and community life is in general is friendly and welcoming. Whilst rural in character the benefice is centrally located and within easy reach of London and the Midlands by rail (into Euston) and road (M1). There are good local schools and encouraging and supportive laity with whom to work. This post is a tremendous opportunity for someone. 


Bishop Jonathan writes:

I am immensely encouraged by a partnership that is coming together - between myself, Fr Gary, the bishops and dioceses of Oxford and Coventry, and the PCCs of Hanslope and Castlethorpe - to support a new initiative.  This vacancy concerns the last - and crucial - partner ... which could quite possibly be you.  


If you're just completing your curacy, and looking for a parish where significant day-to-day pastoral responsibility and leadership opportunities, in a busy community-based Catholic-tradition parish, are combined with collegiality with other clergy; or your retirement is in sight and you have the skills and aptitudes to take a lead in a team context for five years; or if you are simply attracted by the post and its setting we hope you will apply.


So much of this proposal is testimony to the qualities of parish life in Hanslope and Castlethorpe:

  •  outward-looking, daring and confidently part of their local communities;
  •  faithful to the Catholic tradition of the Church, and keen to learn and grow as Christian disciples;
  • prayerful and serious about their worship and mutual care;
  • aware of the needs of different age-groups in the church, but committed to their life together as an extended family.
This new role is, then a rare combination of an opportunity for pastoral leadership in a responsive and hope-filled parish alongside partners who are committed to the success of our venture.
For an informal conversation, please contact the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's office on 0118 948 1038 or
Closing date for applications: Monday 20th January at noon;
Interviews: Monday 3rd February
Enhanced DBS Disclosure required.
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