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Arthur Hawes retired as Archdeacon of Lincoln and a Canon of Lincoln Cathedral in September 2008. His parish ministry began in 1968 when he was appointed curate of St. John’s, Kidderminster. Here he founded KARE – the Kidderminster Association for Rehousing in Emergency. In 1972 he became the first priest to work at St. Richard’s, Droitwich which was a new housing estate for people being rehoused from central Birmingham. There was no church building and services were held in the local church school.
Mental Health has always featured in his ministry and it began in 1971 when he was Founder Chairman of the North Worcestershire Association for Mental Health, following post graduate work at Birmingham University. From 1976 to 1992 he was Chaplain for the Acute Psychiatric Units in Norwich and from 1986 to 1995 a Mental Health Act Commissioner where he led visiting teams to both Broadmoor and Rampton hospitals and hospitals and Social Service units in East Anglia and North East Thames Regional Health Authorities. He also chaired the Section 57 group of the Commission.
In 1995 he was appointed Chair of the Church of England’s Mental Health Advisory Group and, as a member of the Mission and Public Affairs Council, he has presented two debates in the General Synod of the Church of England on Mental Health issues which are available on the Church of England website. The first debate included the launch of the Parish Pack – Promoting Mental Health: A resource for spiritual and pastoral care.
In 1996 he was appointed a Jubilee Patron of MIND and in 1999 was a member of MIND’s National Reference Group. From 1998-
He is married to Melanie who trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London and they have four grandchildren. They recently moved to Norfolk where they live in an old farmhouse.
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