Diocese of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Readers’ Annual Conference

Each year at the end of January we hold our conference at Sandown on the Isle of Wight. We have a teaching focus for each year and usually manage to get excellent speakers to inspire us. We stay in a warm, comfortable hotel, full board, with a bar.

Comfortable hotel, great company, inspiring speakers, exciting programme.
“Why would you not want to be there?”

The conference is organised by a small team consisting, at present, of: Ven Gavin Collins (Warden of Readers), Hilary Spurgeon, Chris Aherne, Steve Brett-Hill, Mary Close and Ethne Whitlock.

The date for the 2019 Conference was:
18th-20th January 2019

Our speaker this year was Rt Rev Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester and Chair of the Central Readers’ Council for the Church of England. The theme is “Co-workers in the Kingdom: partnership in mission”.

Past Conferences

  • 2018 Conference “Unpacking the Lord’s Prayer”
  • 2017 Conference “Regenerating the Church” – Dr Who, the Tardis and Time Travel
  • 2016 Conference “Nor that Man” – rescuing the reputation of St Paul?
  • 2015 Conference “Getting to grips with St Mark’s Gospel”
  • 2014 Conference “Spiritual pilgrimage”
  • 2013 Conference “Why preach the Old Testament?”
  • 2012 Conference “Keep me travelling along with you”
  • 2011 Conference “On the Damascus Road”
  • 2010 Conference “Fuel, Feed, Focus” – Speaker: The Bishop of Sodor and Man, The Right Rev Robert Paterson