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Diocesan Synod

Diocesan Synod is the democratically elected decision-making body of the diocese. Its membership is comprised both clergy and laity, representing the 18 deaneries in the diocese. Synod members are elected for a period of three years, beginning on 1 August in the year of their election.

Diocesan Synod:

  • Considers issues concerning the Church of England and makes provisions for such matters in relation to the diocese.
  • Considers and expresses its opinion on any other matters of religious or public interest.
  • Advises the Bishop on any matters on which he may consult the Synod.
  • Considers and expresses opinion on any matters referred to it by the General Synod – the ruling body of the Church of England – and in particular approves or disapproves provisions referred to Diocesan Synod under Article 8 of the General Synod Constitution.

Diocesan Synod will meet this year on:

  • Saturday 16 March, Salvation Army in Stowmarket
  • Saturday 8 June, St Edmunsbury Cathedral
  • Saturday 12 October, (location TBC)


All meetings are a 9.00am arrival, starting at 9.30am and will finish by 1.00pm.

General Downloads

Individual contact details are available from the diocesan website directory for those that have given consent.


Downloads from recent meetings


October 2018

June 2018

February 2018

November 2017

June 2017

March 2017

November 2016

June 2016


Watch Videos of Bishop Martin's Presidential Addresses

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Presidential Address - Diocesan Synod Nov 17

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Diocesan Synod March 2017

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Diocesan Synod November 2016

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Diocesan Synod June 2016 Presidential Address

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March Diocesan Synod 2016

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Diocesan Synod Presidential Address November 2015

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Synod Presidential Address Feb 2018