Ely Ensign

In 2002, I became the new Director of Communications for the Diocese of Ely.  Part of that role was as editor of the diocesan parish magazine, Ely Ensign.

The magazine was launched in 1989 and I was its forth editor. I was to remain so until 2006.

One of the tasks as Director of Communications, that I was asked to undertake, was to improve the communications across the diocese.  Particularly between the diocese and local congregations, and those on the fringes of the Church.  I identified the Ensign as the best vehicle for this task and set about extending its scope.  My aim was to provide a wider range of readable articles and create a more modern image. And with the help of St Edmundsbury Borough Council Printing services, we were able to move into full colour.

The Ensign became more a magazine of the people.  Readers and parish members would submit their own stories and ideas to share with the diocese. As a result, it grew from an eight-page magazine to a colourful monthly of about twenty-eight pages.  The attractive nature of the Ely Ensign commended it to many who did not usually pick up a church publication.

Below are just a selection of articles that appeared in the magazine during my time as editor: