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Priest in Charge of the Benefices of Writtle with Highwood and Roxwell

Location: Writtle, Highwood and Roxwell

Writtle, Highwood and Roxwell are all villages, between three and five miles west of the city of Chelmsford. Writtle (where the new priest will live) is the largest with about 5,400 residents and Roxwell next with about 1,000. Highwood is a scattered parish comprising the village of Highwood itself, several hamlets and scattered farms with a combined population of about 700

At the heart of Writtle is a pretty village green, around which are shops, pubs and a library. The village has Infant and Juniors Schools; a Senior School on the outskirts of the parish; and a University College which specialises in agriculture and related studies, and holds graduations in All Saints Church.

St Michael’s Church in Roxwell is right at the heart of the village, opposite the Village Hall and just along from one of the four pubs and the village shop. It’s a short walk to the voluntarily controlled church primary school. It is a lively, thriving village with many clubs and societies.

St Paul’s is located on the edge of the village. Highwood has an environmentally designed and energy efficient Village Hall. It is a hive of activity; where clubs and events are well supported. There is no longer a village shop, but there is a pub, a garden centre and a BMX venue within the parish boundary.

We value the individual traditions of each of our churches, but recognise the need to work together. All three churches have a strong Eucharistic focus.

Other Challenges and Opportunities include

  • We have strong lay leadership who would like help in developing and communicating a vision for the future.
  • We have good links with local schools and uniformed organisations, we would like to build on this to encourage more young families to worship with us.
  • We have a strong musical tradition in all three churches.

We are looking for someone to work with us who:

  • Through confident, sensitive and mindful leadership can build relationships and engage with the community.
  • Has experience and enjoys the challenges of working across benefices.
  • Can inspire and encourage us in our discipleship by preaching, teaching and living out the gospel.
  • Will support the variety of groups and lay leaders working within our churches and help us to develop even further.

Interviews will be held all day Wednesday, 13th February

An application form can be obtained from the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, 136, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257), or by email to

Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy (01268 552219) email

Closing Date: 12 noon on Thursday, 10th January

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