Who we are...
As we are without a vicar we thought we should let our readers know who’ll be looking after things at Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s until a new vicar is appointed.
The Rev’d ADRIAN LEAK - Hon. Assistant Priest (retired) Born in 1938,
Adrian was ordained in 1967, and has worked in both inner-city and rural parishes in the dioceses of Worcester, Durham and Chichester. Later he was Archivist and Vicar Choral of York Minster and Canon Precentor of Guildford Cathedral. For eight years he managed the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Dorking, while serving as an honorary assistant priest at Holy Trinity, Guildford. He then became House for Duty Curate at St Alban’s Wood Street (Worplesdon). Adrian’s last post before retirement was that of Priest-in-Charge of Withyham and Blackham, East Sussex. For many years was also a regular contributor to The Church Times. He is married to Josephine, who provides more family details below.
The Rev’d GRAHAM SMITH - Hon. Assistant Priest (retired)
Graham and Catherine moved to Bramley in July 2017. He was formerly a Royal Navy Weapon Engineer officer. Ordained in 1990 Graham rejoined the Navy as a Commissioned Chaplain in 1993. After leaving the Navy he served as a parish priest and Police Chaplain in Sussex, then as Hospital Chaplain, Parish Priest and Director of Clergy Education in Portsmouth. As a result of illness/injury from his Navy days Graham left full-time ministry in 2005 and retrained as a Paramedic, serving both operationally and in education roles. Today, in semi-retirement, he is a Chaplain to the local ambulance service and still lectures in pre-hospital care. Graham and Catherine have two grown-up children.
MONICA SNELLING - Church Warden and Verger
Monica has lived in Bramley for 23 years. Born in Argentina, she has also lived and worked in Uruguay and Paraguay, where she was PA to the British Ambassador. Since retiring from a long career in acountancy management Monica has been very inolved at Holy Trinity Church, in voluntary work for the Three Villages Day Centre, and is regularly to be found behind the counter at Bestway (formerly NISA). She has three grown-up children, two of whom live in this country and one in Paraguay, and four grandchildren. She became Church Warden at Holy Trinity in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018.
The Rev’d PATSY KETTLE - (Retired Priest)
Patsy lived in Bramley for over 30 years. She spent 6 years as a Chaplain to the students at Cambridge University before joining the staff of St John’s Church, Woking, where she met her husband Dick. She was born at Walton on Thames, later moving to Worthing. On her marriage she became stepmother of two girls and 4 step-grandchildren. She now has 10 step great-grandchildren! A highlight of her life was when, at last, women were allowed to become Deacons and then Priests. She retired from Wonersh Church after 15 years’ ministry, and then worked with John Bundock in Bramley for 10 years. Her role at Bramley and Grafham at the moment is to help out as and when needed.
RICHARD GATES - Pastoral Assistant and Treasurer EVELYN GATES - Pastoral Assistant
Richard and Evelyn have lived in Bramley for nearly forty years. Before that they lived in Brussels, as Richard worked for Shell in various different places. They were both born and brought up in the suburbs of London, being evacuated for a time during the war with their mothers, before settling in New Malden (R) and Worcester Park (E). They moved to Hampton when they married. They have three children and seven grandchildren - a son with three children in Southampton, a daughter in Corfe Mullen, and a daughter, with four children, who lives and works in Chieng Mai, Thailand.
JOSEPHINE LEAK - Parish Administrator
Josephine and Adrian moved to Bramley from East Sussex in 2013. She worked for 27 years for a company based in Woking, which planned and organised professional training courses both in London and abroad, with her special field being in Intellectual Property. After retiring in 2015 she agreed to help out in the Parish Office ‘for a couple of months’, and is still there. She also edits the Parish Magazine and plays the organ occasionally for services at Grafham and Holy Trinity. Between them she and Adrian have four adult children, four assorted grandchildren, two small, noisy dogs and a 20-year-old cat.