THE NEW VICAR OF BRAMLEY IS ANNOUNCED
Who we are...
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.
SUZANNE OLDREY - Church Warden
RICHARD GATES - Lay Pastoral Assistant and Treasurer EVELYN GATES - Lay 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.
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.