The Windermere Deanery is part of the Westmorland and Furness Archdeaconry overseen by the Ven. Penny Driver. The deanery surrounds three-quarters of Lake Windermere in the north and the Cartmel Peninsula to the south. The majority of the deanery area is within the Lake District National Park boundaries and is particular popular with tourists and retirees. Lake Windermere itself is the largest lake in England being 17km in length and 60m deep in places. The lake also hosts the annual Great North Swim and many other cultural events.
The Windermere Deanery stretches over 24 parishes with 9 stipendiary and 3 house for duty clergy, supported by a large and effective group of non-stipendiary clergy and trained lay ministers. The deanery has a very active and committed clergy chapter which meets once a month inviting guests to speak on church matters, and to discuss deanery business - and a three-day clergy residential is held in Durham once a year.
The Deanery Synod meets on a regular basis to focus on clergy and lay issues affecting the deanery. The Deanery Plan is a strategic review for the future of the deanery with particular note to work among the young people of the area and to make effective use of our many church buildings.
Windermere's Deanery Contacts