Father Matthew is the Vicar of St. Anselm in Hayes, London.
Outside the parish he is an elected member of the Diocese of London Synod and of the Diocesan Bishop’s Council, as well as a Trustee & Director of a local MAT and other small charities. He is also a Gregory Centre Associate .
Before ordination, Fr Matthew worked for the BBC and later for publishing and bookselling businesses in the development of digital communications including digital broadcasting, podcasting production, and e-book publication. Having discerned a vocation to the priesthood, he earned a degree in theology from the University of Durham and prepared for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Matthew is one of four ‘Vicars’ who were followed by the BBC Two series ‘A Vicar’s Life’ which aired in the early part of 2018 (and continues to be repeated).
He was described by the show’s producers as:
Father Matthew Cashmore, Assistant Curate in West Hereford is fresh out of college and full of ideas – he wants to change the world or at least Hereford. Giving up a successful executive career, he sees God’s spark in everyone and wants to help people find it for themselves. Determined to wear his ankle-length black cassock at all times, he’s spent his first few months providing practical help and love to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised, including a homeless woman who had resorted to living on a roundabout and taking the fruits of the parish’s harvest festival to the soup kitchens of the Calais refugee camps.
Matthew has traveled by motorbike across Europe, Morocco, the Baltics, Russia, Australia and the US. He is also well known as one of the instrumental organisers of Hack Day, Mashed and Over the Air developer events – his love of technology also hits the road; he tests out new kit and tech ideas along the way and shares his reviews across social media.
He enjoys blogging and making videos about life on the road, camp cooking and faith. He raises money for charities along the way. His popular short films can be seen on YouTube and his ramblings can be seen right here on his blog.
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You can find Matthew’s contact details on the St Anselm Contact Page here.