Photo - thank you to Ann Robertson
Originally a teacher, my first post was at Southsea Grammar School, where I taught English to girls aged 11 to 18. Following marriage to John, we lived in Bath where I continued teaching. We joined the parish church and, among other things, led what became a large “Explorer” group of 7 to 10 year-olds.
In 1984, when women’s ordination looked likely, I was encouraged to test my vocation, and subsequently trained at Trinity Theological College Bristol, for two years.
While Deaconess and then Deacon at St Luke’s Bath, I was appointed Chaplain of the Bath Hospice, and in 1994, was among the first women to be ordained Priest in the UK.
I then became the first woman Team Vicar in Bath and Wells Diocese.
At the beginning of my career I had studied for my degree at Exeter University, and during that time had met John, so Devon was our choice for retirement, and we moved to West Hill.
I accepted the Team Rector’s invitation to become an Associate Minister in the Otter Vale Team. My ministry now is largely at St Michael’s, where encouraging people to study and understand the Bible is my joy.
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