A new chapter for the Church of England in Hatfield

St Etheldreda’s Church Wardens announce …..

Over 250 people packed St Etheldreda’s Church, Hatfield, on the evening of 27th September for the induction and installation of new Hatfield Team Rector – Fr. Darren Victor Collins.

The service, led by Bishop Michael of Hertford, can only be described as magnificent.  Dignitaries included, Lord and Lady  Salisbury, Lord and Lady Charles Cecil, Mayor of Hatfield (Councillor Linda Mendez) Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield (Councillor Patricia Mabbott) as well as Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire (Quintin McKellar) and Lay Chair of the Deanery Synod (Anthony Packer).

Forty clergy were in attendance as well as a choir comprising fifty members from Hatfield, North Mymms and Lemsford.  Choir Director Jill Knight and organist Chris Muhley, as well as the assembled brass players, led the choir’s thrilling performance of ‘I Was Glad’ to music by Parry.  The church was decked with flowers and shone following rigorous preparation in previous weeks.

Afterwards refreshments were served, by kind invitation of Lord and Lady Salisbury, in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Palace.  The service marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the Church of England in Hatfield.


Above afterwards in the Old Palace, from left to right:  Lord Salisbury, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield (Councillor Patricia Mabbott), Fr. Darren Collins, Mayor of Hatfield (Councillor Linda Mendez) and Bishop Michael of Hertford.

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Above left: Lord Salisbury, the Patron of St Etheldreda’s and St Luke’s, brings Father Darren into the church for presentation to the Bishop.
Above right:  Father Darren receives the Cure of Souls from the Bishop.


Above:  Father Darren receives the keys to the six churches in the Hatfield Team.