The transition into retirement is never easy and straightforward in any walk of life but for clergy and spouses a little more planning and preparation may be required, especially where housing and finances are concerned.

All clergy are encouraged to begin planning for retirement at least five years before the date they have in mind. The Diocese of York is keen to make the transition into retirement as smooth as possible for all who choose to live here.

Responsibility for the care of retired clergy, single or married, is usually delegated by the Bishop to a Clergy Retirement and Widow(er)s Officer in each Archdeaconry who is available to offer support and friendship, especially to those who are housebound or recently bereaved. Sometimes unexpected expenditure can cause financial hardship or distress leaving someone struggling to make ends meet. The Clergy Retirement and Widow(er)s Officer has access to a number of small trusts that may be able to assist and will be pleased provide more information.

Cleveland Archdeaconry:
The Revd David Cook, 15 Farndale Drive, Guisborough TS14 8JD.
01287 619296,

East Riding Archdeaconry:
The Revd Anthony Lindsay, 5 Bursary Court, Swainsea Lane, Pickering YO18 8BF.
01751 476849 or 07469651562,

York Archdeaconry:
The Revd Brian Harris, 2 Furness Drive, Rawcliffe, York YO30 5TD.
01904 638214,

The Church of England Pensions Board has varied accommodation for clergy pensioners throughout the country with their rented and mortgage schemes, including seven supported housing units across the country including Dulverton Hall in Scarborough, in the Diocese of York.

Dulverton Hall is a modern building on the South Cliff, offering choice and support when required. Three meals a day are provided as is help with domestic tasks. It has 34 private flats in total, all facing the sea. Privacy and security is provided within a Christian community, the chapel playing a vital role for those in ministry allowing residents to minister and worship together.

Go to to find out about Dulverton Hall along with other housing options available to clergy in retirement.