THE FUTURE OF HOLY TRINITY, BRAMLEY AND ST ANDREW’S, GRAFHAM
The following Resolution was proposed by The Venerable Paul Davies, Archdeacon of Surrey, at a joint meeting of the PCCs of Holy Trinity Bramley and St. Andrew's, Grafham, on 24th April 2019.
After a vote, it was resolved:
1. To support the suspension of the patron’s right of presentation to the livings of Bramley and Grafham.
2. To request that the Bishop of Guildford appoint a priest in charge of the parish of Bramley and a different priest in charge of the parish of Grafham.*
3. To further request that the Bishop of Guildford make this a trial arrangement for a period of three years, following which there should be a review of the configuration.
4. That the PCCs of both parishes will strive to cooperate and strengthen relationships between the churches and communities for the mutual flourishing of all.
T* There is an assumption that the priest in charge of Bramley would be stipendiary (with a recognition that limited finance may not allow a full time priest) and the priest ministering in Grafham would be self-supporting.
What happens when there's no Vicar?
How do Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s keep going until a new Vicar comes?
The Archdeacon of Surrey has set up a Management Committee comprising:
● The Rev’d Canon Debbie Sellin, Area Dean
● Monica Snelling (Church Warden, Holy Trinity Bramley)
● Penny Overton (Church Warden, St Andrew’s, Grafham)
● The Rev’d Graham Smith (Hon Assistant Priest - retired)*
● The Rev’d Patsy Kettle (Priest - retired)*
● Richard and Evelyn Gates (Pastoral Assistants)*
● Josephine Leak (Administrator)*
* Representing and serving both Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s.
The team will make sure that, everything continues as normal, inviting clergy from other parishes to help with services when necessary. So don’t worry - it’s business as usual - and we’d love to see you in church!
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 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, Holy Trinity Bramley 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.
PENNY OVERTON - Church Warden, St Andrew's, Grafham Penny has lived in the Bramley area since 1980, except for three years in Holland. When her late husband, Vic, who worked for Shell, was sent to work there for three years. They lived in Shamley Green, then Birtley Green, and since 2000, in Bramley. She became Church Warden in 2016, following the retirement of the late John Parrott. She shares her home with Minka, a 12-year old Pemboke Corgi.
COLIN PARROTT - Church Warden, St Andrew's, Grafham
DR MARIE WARD - Organist, Holy Trinity Bramley Born in Hillingdon, Marie grew up in Northamptonshire and started playing the organ when she was 13. She gained her first degree from Kingston University and her Masters from the Royal College of Music. She taught at Kinsgton, and gained her PhD on the early music of Skryabin. She has been Head of Piano at Cranleigh School for the last 9 years, plays, teaches and accompanies widely, and has played at Bramley and Grafham for 11 years. She has a 16 year old son.