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Meet the Team

The Revd Canon Paul Cubitt, Team Rector

In 2020 the Rev’d Canon Paul Cubitt became Team Rector.  Ordained for 24 years he has served in Herefordshire, Yorkshire and for the last 14 years Norfolk, his home county. He is married and has two adult children.

Paul has a passion for mission and ministry, for making church buildings fit for purpose, and building links with the local community.  His sabbatical project in 2019 was to visit seventy major churches (over 1000m2) up and down the country asking the question ‘Millstone or Mission Resource’.  He is a training incumbent and hopes a curate will join the Team in 2023.

He is a governor at two Dereham CE Schools, is a member of ‘aboutDereham’ (https://aboutdereham.org) and is part of the team working towards the economic and social improvement of the town as part of the 'Future Breckland: Thriving People & Places' initiative.

Within the team ministry he has responsibility for Dereham and Scarning. As Team Rector Paul believes in being known across the benefice and at present tries to have 2 out of 3 Sundays at Dereham and Scarning and the other Sunday in another part of the benefice. 


The Reverend James Rosie, Team Vicar

 I joined as Team Vicar in October 2017 and have special responsibility for Swanton Morley, Beetley, East Bilney and Hoe.

I was brought up in Gloucestershire and worked for several years as airline cabin crew, which has given me an opportunity to see the world. It was while becoming more involved in the life of the local church I attended at the time that I began to pursue a call to ordination. I still enjoy travel and learning about different cultures and customs.

I trained for ordination at Mirfield, following a 3 year university degree course, and was ordained in 2010. I served as Curate in Hull and was then Rector of a parish in Staffordshire.

My interests include walking and spending time with family and friends. My family live in Norfolk so it is great that we are all so close together again.










Lydia Crick, Reader

I was licensed as a Reader in September 2008.  My decision to become a Reader was a gradual one.

As a child, I went to St Peter's Harold Wood, Essex, quite an evangelical church.  Then as a student, I joined the Christian Union at Loughborough University.  It was about 10 years ago when the then Team Vicar, Heather Turner was licensed that I realised, in the middle of her licensing, that God was calling me too.  It took a little longer before I discovered that this calling was to the role of a Reader.  I was seriously ill twice during my training, but my successful recovery both times confirmed this calling.

I went back to work after recovering my health but gave up working when I became licensed as a Reader.  I found that nearly dying has given me a different view of what is important in life and working out my remaining years for a pension was not that vital.  I worked as a library and information specialist in the public sector, most of the time for the Ministry of Agriculture finishing as the ADAS Librarian providing specialist information services to the professional and technical staff.  I had a spell in the NHS and finally as the College Librarian for Easton College.

It was at University that I heard a preacher, possibly John Stott, talk about how the father ran to meet his returning wayward son in the parable of the Prodigal Son.  This has been one of the most important things I have learnt.  God loves so much that He doesn’t passively wait for us to come to Him but runs towards us: the father “had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him” (Luke 15: 20)



Evelyn Speed, Reader, (With Bishop's Permission to Officiate)

I have been happily married to Doug for 50 years. We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

I was first licensed as a Lay Reader in 1984, when I was the Supervisor of the Grove School Play Group, Dereham.

In 1988, I started nurse training, as a mature student, and followed an intensive career as a Specialist Care of the Elderly Nurse and then as a Health Visitor to the Fakenham area.  I was retired on ill-health grounds in 2000 following a poor recovery after spinal surgery.  The latter part of my nursing career was very demanding, resulting in me being unable to fulfil my responsibilities as a Reader, causing a break from this Ministry between 1995 and 2011.

Following my enforced retirement, my husband and I moved to Hampshire, where I slowly recovered and found my feet again.  After 6½ years the ‘pull’ of Norfolk was so strong that we moved back to Dereham in 2010.  This was a massive decision, but this is where our hearts belong.  It was only a short time before the Lord’s call to serve came again, strong and clear, with a particular ministry to children’s worship.  I was welcomed and re-licensed at Norwich Cathedral in September 2011.

I am now very much involved in working with children at St Nicholas Church.  I help to lead Messy Church, being particularly involved with the craft activities, and am helped by a very supportive group of volunteers. I also set up 'Tea n Tots' group for under-threes and their carers, which is supported by our Mothers Union, who help to run the group. 

I feel honoured to be able to serve my Lord, and that I am given the opportunity to serve God in the way I feel called.  I give thanks that He gives me the skills to follow through with this precious work.


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