09 November 2023

Specialist Diary Inserts

From the very early days of Filofax/Lefax (1920's-1930's) there were a lot of Army Officers and Clergy who were Filofax users. There was a lot of specialist inserts available for them to use as well. 

During a discussion last weekend on the Philofaxy Virtual Meet-Up, we wondered if the clergy still used a Filofax in any form, differently to ourselves. 

With a little help from Mr Google, we discovered that there was in fact a Church Desk Diary available, and a loose leaf version is also available for an A5 Filofax. 

Unfortunately the web page doesn't show the page layout, but from the description (shown below) we can see it is a page per day diary and a double page for Sundays and other major religious days. 

Compare that to a normal Filofax insert that reduces the space available for Saturdays and Sundays! 

The Canterbury Church Book and Desk Diary 2024 A5 Personal Organiser Edition
This A5 loose leaf edition of the bestselling church desk diary provides a whole page per day and a double page spread for Sundays and major feast days, making it ideal for service planning as well as day-to-day working and notetaking.

It is hole punched, loose leaf, and designed for the 'personal organiser' Filofax size.

Readings from the Common Worship and BCP lectionaries are listed for each day and on Sundays, Holy Days and major saints' days, the Common Worship collects, post communion prayers are printed in full.

Its many extra features include extensive national and diocesan church information, lists of organisations, table of fees, accounts section, a two-year planner, sunrise and sunset times, plus ample space for recording personal information.
Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781786225078
Number of Pages: 512
Published: 31/07/2023
Width: 14.8 cm 
Height: 21 cm

From the size given we can confirm that it is A5 page size.  

I'm not a religious person as such, but it was pleasing to see that there are such specialised diary inserts available for those people that are.

You can find the full page for this diary at the following address: 


The also do a hardback bound version as well. 


  1. As a CofE priest, I don't go anywhere without my A5 Malden (in Kingfisher blue) with the Church diary! I'm still working out how to develop it to meet my journaling needs too - simply using funky washi tape, dividers etc at present. Would love to see examples of what others do to personalise something like this!

  2. How lovely to see that this planner insert is published in my home city. Vaguely related, I'm going to try a page-a-day diary in my personal-size Holborn for 2024 and I'm keen to find out how that will work for me.

  3. It's the cinema manager inserts that crack me up! Thanks for posting