Priest-in-Charge - The Revd Margaret Jones
Margaret was licenced as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Whaley Bridge just before Christmas in 2012. Following a career in teaching, most of it at Trinity High School in Hulme, Manchester, she left teaching to take up fulltime ministry as a priest. She was Associate Vicar at St George’s, Altrincham, before coming to Whaley Bridge. Margaret is a member of Diocesan Synod and having a heart for social justice serves on the Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility. She is also a spiritual director.
Family is very important to Margaret and she enjoys spending time with her three married children, their spouses and her six grandchildren. Gardening, which she finds relaxing, is her main hobby, although she enjoys walking and reading, when time permits. She is also a Rotarian.
Margaret can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01663732920.
Assistant Curate – The Revd Richard West
Richard was ordained deacon and licensed as non-stipendiary assistant curate to the Parish of Whaley Bridge in July 2016. Prior to retirement in 2013, Richard was a full-time minister of the Church of Scotland, serving parishes in the west of Scotland, latterly the linked parishes of Craigrownie and Rosneath, near Helensburgh in Argyll. Richard and his wife Angela returned to their home in Kettleshulme at the time of his retirement but keep up links with their friends in Scotland, travelling north of the border when time permits.
Richard and Angela have a son and daughter, who both have families of their own. Shared interests include of course family visits but also travel, particularly exploring the UK; canals and narrow boats; visiting gardens and National Trust properties. They also share a love of dogs and currently have a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Richard can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01663 734497.
Assistant Clergy – The Revd Lynne Bowden
Lynne moved to Whaley Bridge in December 2015 from Surrey, where she was Assistant Curate at St. Mary Oatlands Parish in Weybridge and Continuing Ministry Development Tutor to Pastoral Assistants for the Guildford Diocese. A Self Supporting Minister, Lynne has permission to officiate in Chester and Derby Dioceses. She has a pastoral heart, enjoys working in the community and is tutoring on the Chester Diocese Pastoral Worker ministry training course.
Paul, Lynne's husband, is a lawyer, university lecturer and Chair of the National Centre for Citizenship & the Law. Her son, William, teaches modern languages at a secondary school in Yorkshire. Lynne plays the piano and sews in her free time.
Lynne can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01663 732097.
Sue Mellor: Pastoral Worker
Sue moved to Chinley from Crewe, as a Residential Child Care Officer, and after meeting her future husband, Ron, settled in Whaley Bridge in 1975 when she married. She continued working with children and was a Teaching Assistant at Buxworth Primary School, until she retired in 2013.
Having always been involved in church life, she felt she wanted to do more. So in 2007, after completing three years training, she was licensed as a Pastoral Worker. Her main focus is Baptism Visiting. She also mentors trainee Pastoral Workers.
Her husband and daughter have always supported her, and to add to that she now has a son-in-law, and a delightful grandson. They are all special to Sue and she spends as much time as she can with them
Reader - Mick Connell
Mick was originally from Sheffield but has now lived for over 30 years in Whaley Bridge. Before retiring in 1998 he was a Risk Assessment Manager for a large insurance group. Mick was licenced as a Reader in 2006. His main pastimes are genealogy, reading, and playing the bodhran along to traditional Irish music CD’s.