David Mills is the deputy editor of First Things.

Fr Michael Wood (pictured) is the Superior of the St Petroc Monastery, in Cascades, Tasmania, and head of the St Eanswythe Orthodox Western Rite Mission, in Christchurch, Dorset.

Fr John Hunwicke ssc is the Priestin-Charge of St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford, and compiler of the Ordo; his learned commentary on things liturgical can be found at

Alan Edwards is a bookseller in Whitstaple, and the ND football correspondent attached to AFC Wimbledon.

Fr Ed Tomlinson ssc is the Vicar of St Barnabas, RoyalTunbridge Wells, and his ‘vague ramblings’ can be read on

T o m Sutcliffe is a noted o p e r a critic as well as a lay member of the General Synod; his opera website is

It was a nervous time in the Diocese of Derby on Monday, 21 June. Back in 2005, the cathedral appointed a new dean, Martin Kitchen; he lasted a year, before taking another year to vacate the deanery after a substantial pay-off. In 2008 another dean, Jeff Cuttell, lasted little over a year before departing. On 21 June, the next dean, John Davies, was announced. Only for the email announcement to be withdrawn after four minutes. Latest rumours suggest he may hang on – we wish him well.

Prayer Vigils for the General Synod Debate on Women Bishop’s Legislation are taking place across the country, supported by FiF, Watch, SCP, MCU, Affirming Catholicism, Reform, and others.

Ripon Cathedral: Friday 9 July, from 10.00 to 14.00.
Newcastle Cathedral: Sat 10 July, from 09.00 to 12.30.
Guildford Cathedral: Sat 10 July, from 12.00 to 14.00.

And because we like pictures, another one of the late Miss Dahl (p. 25). ND