News and Opportunities from Whalley Abbey


As we prepare for the arrival of Anna Walker as the new Director of Whalley Abbey, I am writing to ask if you would kindly publicise two different opportunities to join the life of the Abbey. We are now looking for a new Assistant Director (full or part time) and up to four youngish adults to be part of the resident praying community. I would be very grateful if you could think about whether there might be anyone suitable in your parish and put them in touch. Here are the essential details and links:

Assistant Director: Assistant Director of Whalley Abbey – Pathways | Pathways (

Do you have experience in managing in the hospitality sector? Are you looking for a role where you can develop and where the welcome you give to guests is motivated by your Christian faith?

Working with the Director, the Assistant Director has a key role in developing Whalley Abbey to be a financially sustainable Centre for Christian Discipleship and Prayer, providing a place of encounter, spiritual refreshment and growth for all. The postholder will manage the day to day operations of the Abbey, ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and policies, and will be in charge during the absence of the Director. The postholder will also share in leading the resident praying community, lay and ordained, who contribute to the running of the Abbey. Accommodation may be available within the site.

For an informal conversation please ring Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn, on 07866 778791 or email Closing date: 25 October 12 noon.

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The Abbey offers a placement year on the community as part of the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme, with accommodation, board and pocket money, sharing in the life of the community, with time for prayer, study, hospitality to visitors and manual work, all within the beautiful surroundings of the ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey.  Deadline for applications is 31 October. For more information or an application pack contact the Director Designate, Anna Walker at or phone 07484 118564.

I will be very grateful for any help and for your prayers in finding the right people for this exciting next stage in the Abbey’s life.

Licensing Service – Invitation

Finally, may I remind you that the Revd Anna Walker will be licensed by Bishop Philip as Director of the Abbey on Sunday 5 November at 2pm in Whalley Parish Church, followed by prayers in the ruins and refreshments in the Abbey. Everyone is welcome – if you are able to join us please let the Abbey know you are coming, for catering purposes. Please email .



About Patricia Duxbury

I have lived in Lancashire for over 30 years, the last 15 of them in Clitheroe. I'm a former teacher and a member of St. Mary Magdalene's Church. I sing in the Church choir and am in the Open Church Group.

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