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The Aylsham & District Team Ministry

Discover - Affirm - Celebrate
The Aylsham & District Team Ministry is made up of 18 unique and individual parishes, centred around the Market Town of Aylsham which is located halfway between Norwich and the North Norfolk Coast. 
The Vision for the Team, as we begin this first stage of creating sustainable rural ministry, focuses on "Discover God; affirm uniqueness and celebrate interdependence." The three-fold nature of the Vision has God at the centre as we deepen our understanding of the relational nature of the Trinity; at the same time, affirming both the uniqueness of each member of the Team and each individual community and celebrating that through working together, we are stronger and are more able to sustain and grow the life of the Church.  

The Ministry Team comprises of the

The Revd. Canon Julie Boyd is the Team Rector of the Aylsham Team Ministry.

Revd. Canon Julie Boyd (Aylsham Group) and Primary Contact for the (Bure Valley Group)

Revd Andrew Whitehead, Team Vicar (Cawston Group)

Revd Tony Lynn Interim Team Vicar (Aldborough Group)

Revd Shawn Tomlinson Priest in Charge of (Badersfield Group)

Revd Natalie Rees, Assistant Curate 

plus our Lay Ministers Kandi Kammoun & Fiona Tibbitt

Members of the Ministry Team have both pastoral responsibility for a group of Parishes and take the lead on an area of ministry & mission across the Team. 

A collegiate heart is at the centre of the Team Ministry.  It is not about one church or one person being at the centre, but how co-operation, community, service, collaboration, and partnership can help us deliver afresh the Good News of Jesus to our different communities.  There are things that we can do more strongly and efficiently together, but there are also things that we can do individually but in a supportive and affirming framework.



Aylsham and District Team Ministry is a network of churches; journeying together; sharing our stories, resources, and burdens; creating sustainable ministry in our rural parishes which are welcoming, Christ-centered and rooted in our communities.  
Download a copy of our Vision 



The Team Ministry was informally launched on 1st January 2015 but grew out of Deanery discussion over the previous two years, and through a partnership between the previous benefices of Aylsham and Cawston since 2012.  The Team Ministry 'experiment' ran alongside formal Pastoral Re-organisation over 18 months.  Our success in bringing parishes together led to other Parishes joining the Team and early in 2018 we celebrated the formal creation of the Team.

2010 – 2012

Discussion in Deanery regarding re-organisation of parishes & benefices

May 2012 

Revd Andrew Beane appointed as Priest-in-Charge of Aylsham

Nov 2012        

Cawston, Heydon & Haveringland join the Team & new House-for-duty appointed to work as Assistant Priest.

Nov 2014

Assistant Priest leaves as we look to appoint a new full-time Team Vicar to the Cawston Group.

Jan 2015    

Oulton & Blickling join the Team

Nov 2015  

Revd Andrew Whitehead licensed as Team Vicar (Designate) for the Cawston Group


Bure Valley Group of Churches join the Team with Badersfield Community Church

June 2016 

Revd Jack Branford joins the Team as Curate

August 2016      

Revd David Hagan-Palmer licensed as Team Vicar (Designate) for the Bure Valley Group

Sept 2016  

Little Barningham, Itteringham & Wickmere join the Team

June 2017   

Twelve Towers Festival launched with over 200 events being held in our churches celebrating the life rural church.

Oct 2017        

Revd Peter Chapman joins the Team as Team Vicar (Designate) of the Three Churches Group.

Dec 2017  

Pastoral Scheme formally creating the Team is approved by the Church Commissioners and the Bishop of Norwich

Feb 2018       

Service of Celebration lead by the Bishop of Lynn & Archdeacon of Lynn to mark our coming together as the Aylsham & District Team Ministry.


Discussion begin with Scottow Parish regarding joining the Team.

July 2018 

Revd Deb Cousins appointed as Community Priest & Team Mission Enabler to work across the wider Team to promote mission in our rural churches.

June – Aug 2018

Second Twelve Towers Festival held across our 16 Churches.


Discussion begin with Aldborough Parish regarding joining the Team.

May 2019

Hannah Loveless joins the Team as Administrator (funded by the Mercers Company)

June 2019

Revd Peter Chapman retires

June – Aug 2019

Third Twelve Towers Festival held across our 18 Churches.

July 2019

Revd Canon Andrew Beane leaves team to become Archdeacon of Exeter

Aug 2019

Revd Deb Cousins retires

April 2020

Revd Tony Lynn joins us Team Vicar for the Aldborough Group.

July 2020

Assistant Curate Revd Jack Branford finishes his curacy and leaves to become Chaplain to Gresham's School

Sept 2020

Revd Tracy Jessop is licensed to the ADTM as Assistant Curate in her second year of curacy.

January 2021

Revd Canon Julie Boyd is licensed as Team Rector!

August 2021

Revd David Hagan-Palmer leaves his role as Team Vicar of the Bure Valley to become Vicar of St Margaret's, Old Catton.