Learning Opportunities

As we journey together in Christ we find that we meet challenges and opportunities along the way. Our journey can take us in a number of different directions, sometimes we can feel fully equipped for all that lies ahead and at other times we can sense a need for equipping.

Training & Development is an essential part of equipping the whole people of God in their journeys together.

A list of events can be accessed here


Learning Network Eastern Region

 Meet The Team

Dave Friswell is the Learning & Development Coordinator for the Eastern region. He has a background in training, and developing support for overseas mission, and was formally Head of the World Church Relationships Team. He is keen to see churches with grow a heart for mission and to develop both in their buildings and out in the wider community. He spends his spare time in his garage restoring and tinkering with his old cars. 

Contact Dave       
07799 902570

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Howlett Foster A Ann Howlett-Foster is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. She loves to engage in creative and positive conversations with individuals and groups to find ways forward. Ann works part time, and is also a freelance facilitator and graphic recorder. When not working she enjoys singing and making silver stuff.

Contact Ann
07799 900481



Gillian Thomas is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Lincolnshire District. Gill has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England and her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world. Her main areas of work are children and family ministry, youth work, lay workers support and 3Generate.

Contact Gillian  
07799 902581


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 Banks J John Banks is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. John has worked previously in retail management, in support for the homeless. He has been involved in mission with an inter-denominational agency in Scotland, where he pioneered and co-founded collaborative mission work and local community events. John is a trained Christian Counsellor and is passionate to live out the ‘Great Commission’ of Jesus for himself and in the development and nurture of others.

Contact John    
07817 423936


Michael Wadsworth is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern Region. He has a passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection and particularly loves to help people to read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy. He has spent the last two years working for Fusion UK. Prior to this he spent 9 years serving churches in Basingstoke and Derby as youth worker, student worker and teaching pastor. In his spare time he tutors for King's School of Theology and is completing an MA. Michael lives in community in Derby and worships as part of a small, experimental church plant.
Contact Michael   
07791 036801


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 Pimlott N Nigel Pimlott is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Nottingham & Derby District. As a trainer, thinker, strategist and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity and helping people make a difference in the world. Nigel’s main areas of work are pioneer ministry, evangelism and church/circuit visioning.

Contact Nigel   
07799 900468


Methodist Schools

Methodist Schools



Since 1748, Methodist Schools have been providing high quality, rounded and caring education, open to children of all faiths and none. Methodist schools educate in total 22.000 pupils in 80 schools. Of these 9,000 are in 14 Methodist independent schools as boarding or day pupils.

Culford School


Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk IP28 6TX

Culford is an independent boarding and day school for over 670 children aged 3 to 18, set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, with an 18th century mansion at its centre and three separate schools: the Pre-Prep & Nursery (ages 2¾ to 7); the Prep (ages 7 to 13); and the Senior School (ages 13 to 18).

 St Faiths

Trumpington Road

Cambridge CB2 8AG

Independent Prep School for Girls and Boys aged 4-13

St Faith’s is one of the leading Independent Prep schools in the UK and the largest private Prep school in Cambridgeshire. St Faith’s is part of The Leys and St Faith’s Foundation.


 The Leys School




The Leys is one of England’s premier independent schools. Established in 1875, the School offers a blend of traditional values and a forward-looking approach to education. The Leys benefits from its setting on a leafy 50 acre campus right in the heart of the culturally iconic city of Cambridge.


The Vine

Upper Cambourne

Cambs CB23 6DY

The Vine Inter-Church Primary School serves the new and growing community of Cambourne. The Vine is a school with a Christian character but one in which all faiths are valued and all people encouraged.

The school’s ethos is to preserve and develop its religious character according to the principles of the Church of England and the Methodist Church and to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.




Contact Info

(Please contact Danielle Gravestock/The District Office only for matters that relate to the Methodist District. For Local Church or Circuit matters please contact the people on the individual Circuit and Church pages.)

01603 625765

Danielle Gravestock

The District Office
Chapel Field Road Methodist Church

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