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Croydon Parish Church to become a Minster

26 May 2011

Diocesan Director of Communications

Tel: 020 7939 9400
Mobile: 07831 694021
Fax: 020 7939 9468

On Sunday 29 May at 10am the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will designate Croydon Parish Church a Minster - the first parish church in Southwark Diocese to be given the title.  

For more details please contact Wendy Robins, Director of Communications & Resources & Bishop's Press Officer on 07831 694021 or e-mail:  

The declaration service will be part of a 'Minster Week' of celebrations, starting on 27 May, to include guided tours, a fundraising dinner and an Arts and Crafts Day for 5 - 11 year olds. More details can be found at:

Note: Today, the title of Minster is an honorific one given to an important civic church. They are generally located in cities or metropolitan boroughs with a population of around a quarter of a million and are traditionally the place where large civic events are held. They also usually have a historic civic role and have a particular presence in their locality as a focus for mission and civic engagement.