DAVID ROBERT HARRISON (1990-93) – Curacies at St Saviour’s Brixton Hill, and at Harpurhey (Manchester) and a period in Singapore, preceded incumbencies at Greenfield and Tonge Fold in Manchester diocese. After three years in our four parishes he assisted in the parish of Gorleston.
SIMON GEORGE STEPHENSON (1994-97) – After curacies at Hildenborough (Kent) and Bishopworth (Bristol) and five years in charge of the conventional district of Withypool (Bristol), he became team vicar in the Wreningham Group in 1990 and then priest-in-charge of Forncett, Flordon, Tasburgh and Tharston in 1994. He moved to the High Oak (Hingham) benefice, where he remained until his retirement in 2005.
It was during the ministry of CLIVE WILLIAM JOHN STYLES (see top left) (1999-2010) that the modern day restoration began. Clive ministered in the Midlands before coming to our newly formed Upper Tas Valley Benefice of eight churches in 1999. He sadly passed away in September 2010.
After curacies at Epping and Cheshunt, ANDREW RONALD GOOD (see top right) (2011-13) moved to Norfolk to become rector of Spixworth Crostwick and Frettenham for 13 years. He ministered as priest-in-charge, travelling here from his home at Eaton, Norwich.
He was followed by SUZANNE COOKE (see bottom left) (2013-2017) who was trained at Westcott House, Cambridge, and held a three-year curacy at Watton, before coming to this benefice which now covered the three Forncetts – St Mary’s, St Peter’s and St Edmund’s - Hapton, Tacolneston, Wreningham, Fundenhall and Ashwellthorpe.
In September 2018 LYDIA AVERY (see bottom right) moved to the Upper Tas Valley Benefice from Somerset.
Before ordination Lydia worked in further, adult and higher education teaching various aspects of educational studies and training early years practitioners and adult education tutors, as well as guiding students through distance learning courses. She became the first director of a counselling charity – Vine Counselling in North Somerset.
After ministerial training at Sarum College in Salisbury, she was ordained at Wells Cathedral in 2008 and priested in 2009 in Somerton, Somerset. Lydia served her curacy in four rural parishes in Somerset – Pilton, Croscombe, North Wootton and Dinder. In 2011 she became Priest in Charge and then Vicar of the parish of Winscombe and Sandford in North Somerset, a Vocations Chaplain in Bath Archdeaconry in 2013 and Rural Dean of Locking in 2016.
She has brought new ideas to broaden the church’s appeal throughout the six parishes and extend her ministry more fully into the four Church of England Schools in the benefice. She has reintroduced regular services at St Mary’s for the first time in more than 40 years.
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