Priest in Charge
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firstname.lastname@example.org - 01985 840187 (day off is Monday)
I was born and grew up on the edge of Southampton, where I lived until a year ago when I moved to the Upper Wylye Valley. I have one twin brother, two nieces and one great niece aged 9. My brother and I were born on our Mother’s birthday and my great niece was born on the same day. So, until December 2015 when my Mother died all four of us shared a birthday. My father, Les still lives in Southampton and visits most weekends so you may come across him in Church or around the village. I have a large extended family of many cousins, so you will understand why I was a little home sick when I moved away from my home town to Wiltshire so late in life. I enjoy walking holidays, the theatre and painting in many different mediums, although my favourite is pastels. Last year I would have added gardening to my hobbies but having worked hard over the past year in the Vicarage garden I now see gardening as a chore and long for a retirement flat with not even a window box!
I have worked in the Public Service all my working life, latterly for Test Valley Borough Council in Andover. I have been House for Duty Team Vicar in the Upper Wylye Valley Team since September 2016 having been ordained in Winchester Cathedral in 2011. I trained on the 3-year part time theology and ministry course at Sarum College in Salisbury Close, so I am no stranger to the Salisbury Diocese. I was engaged to work on Sundays plus two days in the week. Please don’t let that put you off phoning me if you are in need, because my ministry has no limits and you can always leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I return home 24/7.
Although I live in Codford and have pastoral responsibility for the people of Codford I work across the whole Team wherever I am needed. I have always worshipped and ministered as lay and ordained in a variety of urban and rural contexts, across the benefice and love being part of many churches rather than one. I work alongside the Team Rector, Ali Morley and head up families work with a faithful team of volunteers working hard to engage with families across the Upper Wylye Valley Team. If you ask me what I enjoy most about my ministry I would say leading Services and pastoral work. I enjoy working as a Team with the other clergy and Licensed Lay Minister. We are so lucky to have a dedicated and hardworking Team to lead us.
My experiences of childhood, my working life and my faith have shaped my values and view of the world. I have been actively involved in the life of the Church since the age of 18. I have always felt the power of the Holy Spirit in my life since primary school although at the time wouldn’t have understood or articulated what that meant. I am convinced that God has called me to this place and I love being in the Lords service. I am not sure I understood why at the time but at the age of 15 I was given the annual prize cup for “Being Willing to Serve”. God must have known what was coming!
My faith grew and development through regular worship and membership of a weekly house group. The experience of regularly engaging with the bible and being in the company of mature Christians helped me to grow in faith and deepen my spiritual life. I am grateful to many faithful friends who supported me and prayed for me over the years on my journey of faith, sadly many are no longer alive to see the fruits of their prayers but as the journey of faith continues for a life time I know that in the Upper Wylye there will be many who will continue their work as we support and encourage each other over the coming years. I hope you will allow me to come alongside you so we can grow together. If you would like to contact me, my contact details are as follows:
Tel 01985 850941 email: email@example.com
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I am a retired priest living in Corton and sharing in the ministry of the Team. In my working life I practised and taught health services management both in the NHS and overseas. Latterly I served as a priest in the Church of Pakistan, pastoring a congregation in Lahore and supported by Church Mission Society (CMS).
I keep these interests by serving as a hospital governor in Bath, and a trustee both of CMS, and, more locally of the Hospital of St John at Heytesbury; I am also the ex-officio school governor for Sutton Veny School. I am a passionate supporter of our diocesan link with South Sudan, and serve on the Diocesan Sudans committee, with responsibility for deanery links.
Within the Team I have a special interest in liturgy, and also undertake regular home visiting.
I was born and raised in Liverpool, pending many summers on the family farm at Trefor, near Caernarfon (I am 50% Welsh!) After leaving college I trained and worked in Family Law.
I was a Lay Minister for many years helping in the local churches where we lived. With Derek’s work we moved around the country a great deal and experienced a wide variety of church worship.
Whilst living in Hampshire, in 1994 I was invited to visit our twinned Diocese of South Rwenzori in Uganda. For the next fourteen years Derek and I travelled backwards and forwards to Uganda raising funds and working with the Diocesan Chaplaincy at Kagando Hospital helping with HIV/AIDS orphans and disadvantaged children.
In 2002 we bought a smallholding in North Wales and moved in just in time for Christmas and to be snowed in for three days! During the nine years we were there we had variety of animals including geese, cats, dogs and horses.
Early in 2003 I was invited to continue my Lay Ministry in the churches of Beddgelert, Penrhyndeudraeth and Maentwrog. From here I completed my MA in Youth Ministry and Theological Education, travelling regularly to King’s College in London and graduating in 2004.
I was called to ordination in 2005 and completed my training at the University of Wales Bangor and was ordained at Bangor Cathedral in July 2007. I completed my curacy in 2010 and then moved to Suffolk to take up my post as Rector of six rural parishes, two Church of England Schools and two Nursing Homes.
I moved to Codford in July 2016 having retired as Rector for the St Edmund Way Benefice near Bury St Edmunds, a post I had held for 6 years.
Derek and I have been married for over forty years, and have a son who is a Global Legacy Specialist for Amnesty International and a daughter who is a university lecturer. We also have three wonderful granddaughters.
We are now happily settled into our retirement in Codford where I am now an Associate Priest working within the Upper Wylye Valley Team.
I trained as a Reader in Durham more than 30 years ago, and took Evensong regularly for a church in a farming community, and well as leading prayers in Durham Cathedral. I retired from organ building to my mother-in-law’s house in Heytesbury in 2010, whilst studying for an MA in Theology and Ministry.
I value being a non-clergy member of the team in the UWVT and attendance at regular staff meetings. I enjoy preaching, and taking services, most often Matins and Evensong, but also funerals and the crib service in Heytesbury.
I train the church choir (assisted and supported by Mark Venning, whose contribution to the choir’s success should not be under-rated). The annual ‘Service of Light’ at Advent is a ‘choir-special’ which has been my responsibility since 2011.
I compile the monthly hymn lists, welcoming suggestions from the clergy and others. I devised special services to mark the centenaries of the King James Bible in Sutton Veny in 2011 and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in Sherrington in 2012.
Other special services I have helped create include the celebration of Peter and Paul for Heytesbury’s Patronal Festival in 2014, and a service with readings and music for the 150th anniversary of the restoration of Heytesbury church. The choir’s performance of ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ was magnificent.
After 24 years in full time ordained ministry, I retired in 2012 to come and live in Heytesbury. I now assist at occasional services and other activities.
I am married to Judi and we have two children and a grandchild.