Diocese of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Harbour

Deaneries

Our diocese consists of three Archdeaconries and seven deaneries.

For a map showing the parishes in each deanery, click on the links below:

Archdeaconry of the Meon:
  • Bishop’s Waltham Deanery
    Area Dean: Rev David Isaac
    P: The Rectory, Wickham, PO17 6HR
    T: 01329 835295 | E: email
  • Fareham Deanery
    Area Dean: Rev Richard England
    P: Holy Rood Church, Gosport Road, Stubbington, PO14 2AS
    T: 01329 661154 | E: email
    Richard’s day off is Friday
  • Gosport Deanery
    Area Dean: Rev Paul Chamberlain
    P:
    St Faith’s Church, Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9NF
    T: 023 9200 6184 | E: email
  • Petersfield Deanery
    Area Dean: Rev Susie Collingridge
    P: The Vicarage, 77 Church Road, Steep, Petersfield, GU32 2DF
    T: 01730 624245 | E: email
    Susie’s days off are Monday and Thursday
Archdeaconry of Portsdown:
  • Portsmouth Deanery
    Area Dean: Rev Bob White
    P: St Mary’s Vicarage, Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PA
    T: 023 9282 2687 | E: email
    Bob’s day off is Friday
  • Havant Deanery
    Area Dean: Rev Andrew Sheard
    P: 20A Church Path, Emsworth, PO10 7DP
    T: 07967 588520 | E: email
    Andrew’s day off is Friday
Archdeaconry of the Isle of Wight:
  • Isle of Wight Deanery
    Area Dean: Ven Steve Daughtery
    P: The Vicarage, Church Road, Bembridge, PO35 5NA
    T: 01983 872436 | E: email
    Steve’s day off is Monday.

How do deaneries work

A deanery is a grouping of parishes in a relatively small geographical area. Clergy who hold the bishop's licence meet together in a deanery chapter, which allows them to support and pray for each other. 

Clergy and elected lay people meet together in a deanery synod, which can consider topical issues, pass motions to be considered by the Diocesan Synod, and hear from external speakers. It is the place where the voice of the parish is first heard beyond the local PCC, and a way of parishes discussing common issues.

Parishes will normally elect lay representatives to their local deanery synods - the precise number depends on the size of their electoral roll. All the clergy in that deanery are automatically members of deanery synod. A clergy person, called the area dean, and a lay person, called the lay chair, will preside.

To read job descriptions for area deans and lay chairs, click here: