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Revd Canon Richard Bartlett

Canon Richard was invited to write something to introduce himself and here it is:


From Purbeck to Purbeck, the long way round….


Dear friends,

Thirty years ago this year I was sent from theological college to Purbeck for a summer placement in the Swanage and Studland Team Ministry. Little did I know then that this would mark the beginning of a lifetime’s link with this beautiful part of the world. I returned two years later, in 1994, to serve as Curate in the Wareham Team Ministry, having been ordained Deacon in Salisbury Cathedral, and then Priest in the Church of Lady St Mary, Wareham. It was there that I met my future wife Jenny, who was the Purbeck Group Assistant Librarian, and also leader of the youth group at Lady St Mary’s. We were married in Wareham in 1996, and Purbeck has remained a very special place to us every since.

From there we moved to Ealing in West London, where I served for four years as Associate Vicar in a benefice of two parishes and as Chaplain of a Church of England High School. During this time I studied for an MA in Theology at the University of Roehampton, with research into two Brazilian theologians. That turned out to be very useful as our next move was to Brazil, where for three years I served as Chaplain to Brasilia Anglican Cathedral, as a USPG missionary, and where I remain an honorary Canon. We returned to Britain in 2005 when I became Vicar of Holy Trinity Northwood, a parish on the borders of Greater London and Hertfordshire. After eleven wonderful years there we moved just down the road and I did the thing I always said I would never do, and became a London commuter! I have served for the last six years as Director of Mission Engagement at the Anglican mission agency USPG based in central London, which has given me some wonderful opportunities to experience the mission of the church in many global contexts and to relate that back to the local church.

So it will be good to be back in Purbeck. But ‘back’ to a different part of Purbeck, which I am really looking forward to getting to know – both people and places. To begin this, I am planning with colleagues in the ministry team to ‘walk, talk and worship’ around the benefice at the beginning of Holy Week, and I would love it if as many people as possible were able to join in – for as much or as little as you would like. The plan is:


Monday 11th April. 10am. Morning Prayer at St Laurence, Affpuddle, then walk to St John the Baptist, Bere Regis for 12.30pm Holy Communion followed by a picnic.


Tuesday 12th April. 10am. Morning Prayer at St Christopher, Winfrith Newburgh, then walk, via St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring where we will stop to pray, to Holy Trinity, West Lulworth for 12.30pm Holy Communion, followed by a picnic.


Wednesday 13th April. 10am. Morning Prayer at St Andrew, East Lulworth, then walk to Holy Rood Wool for 12.30pm Holy Communion, followed by a picnic.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all in the years ahead.

Yours sincerely,




When he left his previous post, USPG announced:

USPG director returns to parish ministry

First published on: 22nd March 2022 at https://www.uspg.org.uk/communications/news/uspg-director-returns-to-parish-ministry.php?fbclid=IwAR3k63qNujTI2afCT0kuRUlVVa-djvVDrJgWRdu_M0z0hpU1ys8mvgj9crg (link opens in new window)

The Rev’d Canon Richard Bartlett, USPG’s Director of Mission Engagement, is leaving the organisation to take up the post of Vicar of West Purbeck in the Diocese of Salisbury.

He says, ‘I am really excited to be returning to the Diocese of Salisbury where I was ordained 27 years ago. Much of my time since then has been shaped and formed by USPG: as a missionary in Brazil, as a member of the Board of Trustees of USPG, and for the past six years as Director of Mission Engagement. It has been a privilege to engage with partners from all over the world, to learn about God’s mission from them and to have shared those lessons with churches in Britain and Ireland. It is with a wealth of rich experiences gained from my time at USPG that I look forward to returning to parish ministry as Vicar of the West Purbeck Benefice in Dorset: a beautiful place with people I look forward to sharing in mission and ministry with.’

Rev’d Dr Duncan Dormor, USPG’s General Secretary, adds, ‘Richard has been an invaluable part of our team at USPG, both over the last six years, as a Trustee and through his time in Brazil. He is a much loved member of the USPG family and we wish him all the best for his return to parish ministry.’

As USPG says goodbye to Richard, the Diocese of Salisbury offers its welcome. The Ven. Antony MacRow-Wood, Archdeacon of Dorset, says, ‘We are delighted Richard is joining us to be incumbent of the newly formed West Purbeck Benefice. His previous experience and recent role as Director of Mission Engagement for USPG will stand him in good stead to lead these parishes as they develop their life together and work out how to be intentionally missional in this beautiful part of Dorset.’

Richard served as Director of Mission Engagement from 2016 to 2022. He first encountered USPG when he went on placement to Ghana as an ordinand in the early 1990s. Before taking up his role at USPG, Richard was a parish priest and school chaplain.






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