Hughes Family

The Revd. Dr. James Hughes – Vicar

On September 6th 2016 the Revd. Dr. James Hughes was instituted and inducted as the Vicar of the United Benefice of Duffield and Little Eaton. Before coming here James was the Associate Vicar of Christ Church, Greenbank, which is a church plant from St John’s, Hartford, in Cheshire. We have  been delighted to welcome James and his family to Duffield and pray that they now feel at home here and experience a fruitful ministry  amongst us.

Revd. David Barnsley (Associate Vicar)

David has been the vicar at St Paul’s Little Eaton, since 2006. He is married to Helen, with three children, Tom, Hannah, and Zoë. After training at Oak Hill Theological College, he was ordained in 2003 in Sheffield Diocese, serving his title post in the ex-mining village of Kilnhurst. David was licensed to the Benefice of Duffield and Little Eaton in 2006, and given responsibility for Little Eaton, as well as serving, where needed, across the Benefice.

David Barnsley

Helen Hawley – Youth & Children’s Worker

Helen is responsible for the running of all youth and children’s ministry here at St Alkmund’s Church, and the youth work at St Paul’s Church Little Eaton, working closely and liaising with brilliant volunteers who are also passionate about our under 18’s.

Helen is married to Will and her present post began at the beginning of August 2016.

Check out our youth and children’s pages to see what’s going on here at St Alkmund’s!

Emma Rollins
Carys Lesley

Emma Rollin – Secretary

Emma worked previously as the administrator from August 2008 to December 2010. She attends St Alkmund’s weekly. She is married to James and they have 2 children; Tom and Nancy.

Her normal office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30 to 3pm.

Carys Lesley – Ministry Trainee

Carys has recently been appointed by St Alkmund’s for a year as a Ministry Trainee and will be spending most of her time working with our Youth and Children’s groups.

She spent the previous year as part of an Action Team with BMS World Mission.   After selection, she and three other young people spent a month training and then went out to India to live and work together for six months in Kolkata.   There they took part in a few different projects including a school for street children, a children’s home, a youth group in the slums, and an employment project for women in a red lights district. They spent time teaching English and maths, running bible studies and helping with building construction work.   After the placement the team spent two months working with the churches who had helped to support them.

St Alkmund’s was one of these and it was very encouraging to hear what they had been doing.   Carys has been a member of St Alkmund’s Church since coming with her family while she was a child. In this time she’s been involved with the music group and children’s work and it is really good to have her back again.

Other Staff
Stuart Holmes

Stuart Holmes

Church Warden

Stuart has lived in the village of Duffield for over 50 years and together with his  wife Irene has worshipped at St Alkmund’s during this time.

They have two daughters who were part of the congregation from being babies until leaving the village to pursue their careers.

He retired from his job as Human Resources manager with the British Rail Organisation 7 years ago. The close contact he had with many people within that role has helped as a Church Warden as feels it is important to be welcoming and approachable and able to interact with our fellow parishioners. The smooth running of services is also one of Stuarts priorities.

James Rollin

Church Warden

James was appointed Churchwarden at the 2017 Parish Meeting.

Originally from Doncaster, James has been attending St Alkmund’s since moving to Derbyshire and joining the church in 2001. As well as acting as Churchwarden, James leads one of the church’s midweek bible-study home groups, as well as playing bass and guitar in the music-group at most Sunday services. He is married to Emma, who also plays in the music-group and they have two children, Tom and Nancy. In their spare time, James and Emma write and record worship songs together.

Richard Lindop


Richard is a Chartered Engineer who has spent all his working life in the rail industry, in a variety of roles. He currently leads engineering design teams developing new rail infrastructure (track, stations, signalling, etc.), mainly for Network Rail. As a result, he has moved around the country a fair bit!

He became a Christian at university and for many years was a leader on Scripture Union camps in Scotland, where he met his wife, Fiona. He and Fiona have led youth groups in most of the churches they have been involved in. Richard was first licensed as a Reader over 30 years ago in Sheffield diocese, and then in St Alban’s diocese. Following a move to York, Richard and Fiona joined the local Methodist church and Richard was licensed as a Methodist Local Preacher, before they moved to Duffield in 1992 and joined St Alkmund’s. Richard and Fiona have two children and two grandchildren.