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Communications and Press

The Communications Team at the Diocesan Office is here to support parishes and enable them to share good news and stories within their communities.  We offer advice and assistance in helping develop good communications and offer support when dealing with press and media relations. 

We also offer communications between the Diocese and our parishes and we do this, primarily via our weekly eNews, an email delivered directly to your inbox, this website and via our social media channels. We aim to share relevant information quickly and efficiently.

The Communications Team 

Director of Strategic Planning and Communications 

Gavin Stone | Email | 01473 298500



Communications Manager 

Leonie Ryle | Email | 01473 298500



Communications Assistant (Apprentice)

Lauren Bridgwater | Email | 01473 298500



Media Enquiries 

Suffolk-based PR agency Prominent PR are employed by the Diocese to focus on managing any potential reputational risks that may arise from media coverage. As such, they are our first point of support for any related press and media concerns.  When contacted by any representative of the press or media:

  • Please do not make any personal comment or response.
  • Record their name, details of who are they representing, their contact details and the issue that they would like to discuss (if they offer it, no need to investigate).
  • Provide them with the contact details for Prominent PR - 01473 276127 - who will be happy to manage their enquiry.  Out of hours: 07403 401387.

For further information please download:

How to deal with a media crisis | PDF


Join us on our Social media feeds

Our diocese has the following social media accounts, follow us to keep up with the latest news and please do share our content. We're also happy to talk you through setting up an account for your parish church. 

Facebook page | Webpage

Twitter account | Webpage

Instagram account | Webpage

YouTube channel | Webpage


Photograph libraries

If you are using images on your website that have been taken from other websites or from websites searches you could get a nasty bill!  Photographic libraries are trawling through websites and requesting usage payments for photographs with license fees.  This has happened nationally in some parishes and in one of our schools.  Even though you may not have done this on purpose and you immediate withdraw the image you are likely to still have to pay usage fees for considerable amount of money. 

Please check that you have the right to use photographs.  To source royalty free images please use websites such as:,,, who offer free images to download.  Although do check as you may need to credit the image and there may be limitations on use, but these sites limit your risk. 


Sign up to eNews

eNews is our regular round up of news, information and forthcoming events from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich sent directly to your inbox. Subscribers will also receive regular emails from Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike. To subscribe click on the link below:

Subscribe | Weblink


How to?

The communications team have produced a series of How to? help sheets for parishes, each giving an overiew of the topic and top tips to develop communication skills. 


How to? video and telephone conference | PDF

How to? Social Media | PDF

How to? Film on a Mobile phone  | PDF

How to? Build a Presence Online | PDF

How to? Produce a Press Release | PDF

Press Release template | DOCX


Download Crests and Logos

Click on the images below to download high quality versions of our crest and logo for use in your parish.


Privacy Notice

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