Principal publishes book aimed at stimulating hope and growth

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Principal publishes book aimed at stimulating hope and growth

As we prepare to begin a new academic year, the Principal of Ridley Hall, Michael Volland, has published The Orchard: A Story of Working Together for a Hopeful Future.

This little book has been written for congregations who are seeking to serve God while wondering how to navigate the challenges of diminishing resources. It is designed to help readers to listen to what the Spirit of God might be saying to them today, stimulate creative thinking and encourage appropriate action.

The story emerged in a group of parishes in east Durham where Michael was Mission Enabler and Area Dean. It has gone on to inspire congregations wrestling with the challenges and opportunities of a changing world as far away as New York!

The Orchard has been beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Torrance who is married to a current Ridley ordinand. Rebecca's work can be found at

Ordering copies

A limited number of copies are still available. While stocks last, print copies of The Orchard can be ordered at a cost of £3 + p&p from the Principal's PA by emailing A PDF version can be previewed here.

The Orchard by Michael Volland
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The Author

Revd Dr Michael Volland


01223 741060

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