THE FUTURE OF HOLY TRINITY, BRAMLEY AND ST ANDREW’S, GRAFHAM
The Bishop of Guildford, with the agreement of both PCCs, has suspended the United Benefice of Bramley and Grafham for a trial period of three years, following which there will be a review.
He has appointed The Rev’d Camilla White to be Priest in Charge of St Andrew’s Grafham. She will be licensed at a service to be held at St Andrew’s at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th September. All are welcome to attend this service.
In the meantime the Archdeacon is assisting the PCC of Holy Trinity Bramley in drawing up the necessary documents to enable the post of Vicar of the Parish of Holy Trinity Bramley to be advertised in September. Interviews will be held in October and, if an appointment is made, it is hoped that Bramley’s new Vicar will take up the post in January at the latest.
The bishop has urged the PCCs of both parishes to co-operate and to strengthen relationships between the churches and communities for the mutual flourishing of all during this period.
How will Bramley's Priest be Chosen?
There will be ﬁve people on the formal interview panel.
The Bishop of Guildford (The Rt Revd Andrew Watson)
The Archdeacon of Surrey (The Venerable Paul Davies)
The Area Dean of Cranleigh (The Revd Roy Woodhams)
Two Parish Representatives - to be chosen by Bramley PCC
Will there be consultation? Yes. The most important work that needs to be done now is the compilation of a parish proﬁle and person speciﬁcation. This is, in eﬀect, the document that lays out our priorities looking forward and so the gifts that we will seek in a new leader. The editing of this document will be done by a small Parish Proﬁle Team but following a process of consultation which will be facilitated by the diocese. This took place at a parish vision evening led by Danny Wignall (Diocesan Mission Advisor). There will also be an opportunity for the PCC and oﬃcers of the parish to meet shortlisted candidates and oﬀer feedback. The voice of the parish is important and the Bishop will want to be guided by the parish and representatives
In the meantime, what happens while there's no Vicar?
How do Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s keep going until a new Vicar comes?
Here's the team:
● Monica Snelling (Church Warden, Holy Trinity Bramley)
● Sue Oldrey (Church Warden, Holy Trinity Bramley)
● Penny Overton (Church Warden, St Andrew’s, Grafham)
● Colin Parrott (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)*
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 about some of the people 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.
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.