New Diocesan Canon Appointed

The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is pleased to announce that the Lord Chancellor has approved the appointment of Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough as a Residentiary Canon at Bristol Cathedral following the resignation of the Revd Canon Derek Chedzey last year. 

Martin, who is also Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, will hold the position of Diocesan Canon with a particular responsibility for relations between Cathedral and Diocese and Bishop Viv’s ministry in the public square. 

Martin will be installed by the Dean of Bristol, The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, at Choral Evensong on Wednesday 22 May.

“The Diocesan canonries enable the sustenance of a common mission and purpose between the cathedral and wider diocese. Martin has already had an effective ministry as a member of Chapter at Bristol Cathedral, amongst other responsibilities developing its social engagement. That will continue as he also supports me and my office more generally, including in my engagement with civil society in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire and North Somerset."

~ The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol


“We are delighted to welcome Martin (already an Honorary Canon) back into an even closer relationship with the Cathedral as a member of Chapter.  His leadership in our engagement with social justice has been transformative and his commitment to our corporate and worshipping life has been exemplary.  We greet a good friend with affection and the cathedral welcomes a new opportunity to engage more closely with our Bishop.”

~ The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol


“I am delighted and honoured to take on this role.  Having been at the Cathedral for two years prior to becoming Bishop’s Chaplain, it is great to be coming back albeit in a different guise.  I look forward to working once again with the Dean and Chapter, re-establishing ties with the wider Cathedral community, and ensuring that Cathedral and Diocese work effectively together for the mission of the whole Church.”

~ Canon Martin Gainsborough, Bishop's Chaplain

Posted on 24th March 2019