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Monday 4 August 2003

See of Blackburn

4 August 2003

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Nicholas Stewart Reade, BA , Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings, for election as Bishop of Blackburn in succession to the Right Reverend Alan David Chesters MA on his resignation.

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The Venerable Nicholas Reade (born 9 December 1946) was educated at Leeds University. He trained for the ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was assistant curate at St Chad’s Coseley, Lichfield diocese from 1973 to 1975 and then assistant curate at St Nicholas, Codsall from 1975 to 1978. From 1975 to 1978 he was Priest-in-Charge at Holy Cross, Bilbrook, Lichfield. From 1978 to 1982 he was Vicar at St Peter’s, Upper Gornal, Lichfield, and also Chaplain at Burton Road Hospital, Dudley. From 1982 to 1988 he was Vicar of St Dunstan’s Mayfield, Chichester and also Rural Dean of Dallington. From 1988 to 1997 he was Vicar of St Mary’s, Eastbourne, Chichester and Rural Dean in Eastbourne. From 1995 to 2000 he was a Member of General Synod and again since 2002. Since 1997 Nicholas Reade has been Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings. He is a Trustee of the University College at Chichester and a member of the Dioceses Commission.

He has been a Governor of a number of schools in Sussex including St Mary’s Hall, Brighton and Bishop Bell C of E Aided Secondary School where he was Chairman. He was Chairman of the Chichester Diocesan Liturgical Committee from 1988 to 1997. He is President of the Eastbourne and District Police Court Mission, and Bishop’s Adviser on Hospital Chaplaincy, and a Trustee of St Wilfred’s Hospice, Eastbourne (1992-97) and is currently President of the Crowhurst Healing Centre. He is also a Trustee of University College, Chichester, the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, and a patron of the Sussex Heritage Trust for buildings and the environment, and a member of the Dioceses Commission.

Nicholas Reade is married to Christine, a teacher, and they have one daughter. His recreations include some gentle cycling and walking, steam trains and modern ecclesiastical and political biographies.

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