Introducing ourselves

The Revd Garry Hinchcliffe
Team Rector
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Garry has been in post since October 2013. Prior to that, he had held incumbencies within this diocese, and in his home diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, where he was ordained in 1994. More about Garry.

The Revd Stroma McDermott
Team Vicar
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Stroma joined the Team in October 2019 following a curacy at St James, Wetherby. More about Stroma.

Sharon Foster (Churchwarden)
St John the Baptist, Knaresborough

"One of the things which drew me to regular worship at St.John’s was the music. For me music is a wonderful way of expressing our faith."    
More about Sharon.


Pam Thomas (Churchwarden)
St John the Baptist, Knaresborough

"St John's has supported me all through  difficult times, with love, care and many prayers which has helped me so much."

More about Pam.

David Osborne (Churchwarden)

St John the Baptist, Knaresborough

"In a church we look for the Christian fellowship which is to be found at St John's". 
More about David.
Lance Ogden (Churchwarden)
St Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough
More about Lance.
Sheelagh Fowler (Churchwarden)
St Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough

Denise Cullingworth (Churchwarden)
Holy Trinity, Knaresborough

"Holy Trinity is a great place to worship and share both the good times and the not so good ones. You are very welcome to join us."
More about Denise.

Simon Sarmiento  (Churchwarden)
Holy Trinity, Knaresborough

More about Simon.

Evelyn Marston and David Andrews (Churchwardens)
St Paul & St Margaret, Nidd

More about Evelyn and David.
The Revd Bill Snelson
(Retired Priest, website)
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More about Bill.

Mrs Faye Wright  Parish Administrator

The Parish Office, The Hub, Vicarage Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 9AE
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Wilf Mulryne  More about Wilf.
Andrew Smith  More about Andrew.
Marilyn Summers  
More about Marilyn.
Gordon Wren  More about Gordon.



The Revd Garry Hinchcliffe
Our Team Rector, Garry, has been in post since October 2013. Prior to that, he had held incumbencies within this diocese, and his home diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, where he was ordained in 1994.
Studying Divinity at Edinburgh University gave him a passion for Ecclesiastical History and the Gospels, but his overriding love is for people and pastoral ministry.
Hobbies include: being an armchair rugby fan, watching movies, reading and being with family... Garry is married to Sue, a primary school teacher, and they have five children. They feel very fortunate, that God has called them to work and minister with wonderful people, in such a beautiful town and within such a glorious county. If our Rector could be anywhere else in the world, it would be on the banks of Loch Lomond, near to where he grew up, watching the sunlight playing on the water, whilst 'nursing' a large glass of good red wine!    Top


The Revd Stroma McDermott
Prior to her ordination, Stroma worked for 
16 years as Public Sector Principal auditor and team leader at West and North Yorkshire Public Sector organisations. 
She is a Director of Harrogate Healing Rooms, Treasurer of Harrogate Area Christian Aid and a Committee Member of  Leeds Diocese Healing, Pastoral Care and Spirituality Group.   Top


Sharon Foster writes
I am a Yorkshire lass born and bred in Sheffield.
 My father’s family were connected with the Sheffield Assay Office from the 1800s. From an early age I attended, with my brother, St. Thomas’s Church in Crookes, both of us singing in the church choir for a number of years. We were also confirmed there.
I continued singing in choirs as a student during my teacher training at college in Lincoln. A most memorable occasion was the opportunity to sing in the St. Matthew Passion in Lincoln Cathedral. (Also memorable because I had my arm in plaster having broken my wrist playing hockey!)
Although originally trained as a Primary school teacher, during a 40 year career I  have also taught in both Secondary and Further Education. In the 70s I took a break from the classroom to work in Youth Services which is what brought me to Knaresborough in 1975.  Top

  Pam Thomas writes:
"I was born and bred in Sheffield and attended a Methodist Church. My father was a Methodist local preacher for over 40 years and Mum was very involved in the Church.nnn

I trained as a nurse in Sheffield and qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1965.
I married Peter in 1967 and moved to Knaresborough and had two children Karen and Darren. 
I joined St John's as we wanted to worship together and was confirmed in 1968.
I have been a sidesperson for 45 years and also I am a server. I find it a great privilege to administer the Chalice. I joined Voix Celeste and enjoy singing in this choir and also enjoy singing in St John’s choir when they needed extra singers; what a privilege to sing evensong in Wakefield Cathedral!
I have had much sadness in my life: my son died in 2015, my husband Peter in 2016 and my Mum in 2017. St John's has supported me all through this difficult time, with love, care and many prayers which has helped me so much.
I was invited to be a Church Warden in 2017 and have accepted the challenge. 
I have much to learn but I look forward to do my best to serve the Church and those who attend."   Top

David Osborne writes
Born and brought up in rural Norfolk, I escaped at the age of 18 to university in Yorkshire. After some three years on ICI’s graduate management trainee scheme in the Midlands, I moved to work in Edinburgh where I became involved in an outreach project of the Council of West End Churches, a coffee house called Cornerstone, and where I met my future wife, Pamela. We married in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral where a couple of years later our daughter was baptised. Work took us to Northumberland and Northamptonshire before landing in Harrogate some 28 years ago. We finally moved to Knaresborough some eight years ago when the garden in Harrogate got too much for us….and so to St John’s.    Top

Lance Ogden
I left Kings School, Gloucester and joined Stroud Brewery where I started a two year Brewing Pupillage, following which I transferred to the Whitbread headquarters in London, EC1, a very traditional brewery dating from 1742! Since then I have brewed in Redruth, Salford, Stratford–upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Tiverton, Cardiff, Marlow and Castel Eden. Throughout my brewing career I have brought pleasure to the millions who have drunk my excellently brewed draught beers!
On a personal side I met my wife Lynn at Stroud Young Conservatives and we were married while I was brewing at Flowers, Stratford-upon-Avon. She has ‘happily’ moved house with me ever since.
We moved to Goldsborough in 1992 and I first became a Church Warden in 1995 after Revd David Wheeler propositioned us across the fish counter in Sainsbury’s. This is my third stretch and although I enjoy the challenge the position is far more demanding than in 1995 so this is my LAST posting.  Top

Sheelagh Fowler writes
I was born in Huddersfield, and went to Greenhead High School, where I took A levels a year early.  I spent a gap year at Leeds College of Commerce  where I met my husband, John, and then read law at Sheffield University.  I worked for Martins Bank Head Office in Liverpool,  then for the Girl Guides Association as Assistant General Secretary for North West England in Preston.
After marrying I spent 26 years as an Officer's Wife in various parts of this country and in Germany.   We were coming home after our final tour in Germany the day the Berlin Wall came down.   During our time in the RAF we moved house 18 times, and I gained much experience running the Wives' Clubs on various stations.   We also took Open University degrees while living in Germany.   Our final tour in the RAF was in Harrogate, and we moved to Flaxby on New Year's Day in 1996.   I served on the DCC, the PCC, the Deanery and Diocesan Synods in the late 90s. I restarted the Goldsborough choir in 1997 and have been a member of it ever since. 
We have one daughter, Charlotte, a teacher at St. Aidan's  School,  and two granddaughters.  Top

Evelyn Marston and David Andrews
Evelyn Marston has worshipped at Nidd Church for 60 years and has been churchwarden for 30 years.
As well as being churchwarden David Andrews is the organist, and as a licensed Diocesan Reader he often leads Mattins and the various carol services in November and December. Top

Denise Cullingworth writes:
"A  little cottage on Waterside has been my  home for well over 30 years.  No need to downsize as we never upsized!  My husband Richard, who died in April 2015, and I have one married son, Oliver. I was licensed as a Diocesan Reader in October 2017. At Holy Trinity I am privileged to be a chalice administrator and serve on PCC, DCC, deanery synod...oh and I am also Church Warden!  I worked as a Specialist Screening Practitioner for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (a new slant on Poo sticks) until retiring in 2018. In my “spare time” I love baking, I try to keep fit by running, I love going to the ballet and theatre and eating out. Holy Trinity is a great place to worship and share both the good times and the not so good ones. You are very welcome to join us."  Top

Simon Sarmiento writes:
"My wife Marilyn and I only moved to Knaresborough in September 2014, but we have long been regular visitors, as two of our children came to live here about fifteen years ago. We decided that it would be good to move nearer to them as we got older, and made our plans accordingly.
We are now very pleased not to be still living in the southeast of England. As I was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire is my home county. Nevertheless I still travel to London fairly regularly, as I serve as a trustee of the charity Inclusive Church, and I also chair a group called LGBTI Mission that works for equality specifically within the Church of England.
Previously, we lived in St Albans for over forty years, and I worked (mainly in London) for a computer software consultancy. I was an active parishioner in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban and I was also very active in the St Albans diocese for many of those years.  But I was never a Church Warden until now!"

The Revd Bill Snelson
Brought up in Birkenhead, Bill read theology at Oxford and trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. After curacies in the Guildford diocese and at Leeds Parish Church, he was Vicar of St Matthew, Chapel Allerton Leeds for five years, and then Vicar of Bardsey with East Keswick from 1981 to 1993.He spent four years as full-time County Ecumenical Officer for West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC) before going to the London-based post of General Secretary of Churches Together in England. He took (slightly early) retirement in 2008, and his wife Beryl and he moved to Knaresborough a year later. They have a daughter and family living in Shadwell, Leeds, and a son and family in Shrewsbury. Bill spent the following seven years as Development Officer and Communications Officer for the Anglican Centre in Rome. An account of Bill's 2005 sabbatical on the abolition of the slave trade is here.  Top

Wilf Mulryne writes
"I was born and brought up in Northern Ireland. After Cambridge University, I returned to Northern Ireland where my career was given over to education. After early teaching both in school and at Queen's University, I was in1978 appointed Head of the Royal School Armagh and then in1988 Head of Methodist College Belfast. Alongside my career in education, I was licensed as a Reader in the (Anglican) Church of Ireland in 1973, serving in the dioceses of Connor and Armagh before returning to England in 2011 in the diocese of Ripon and Leeds. My most important voluntary work (apart from as a Reader) has been in Scouting in which I was Chief Commissioner for Northern Ireland. In 2006 I was appointed OBE for services to education and young people. I have been married to Doreen for 48 years and we have four children and six grandchildren." Top

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith read Engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and then obtained a PhD in soil mechanics. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Geological Society of London. Andrew is a Reader at St John’s and is also treasurer of both the Church and the choir. Music takes up much of his spare time: he sings in St John’s Choir and the Leeds Festival Chorus, and local choir ‘Voix Celestes’ started life as a group of choir mums who met each week at his home to rehearse an item for the Christmas concert. Andrew says, 'I moved to Knaresborough in 2001 to take up my current job. I started going to St John's because it was my local church and I was almost immediately recruited to join the choir. One of the things that I like most about St. John's is the high standards in making the music an integral part of the worship. I have made many friends both within the church and the choir and this has
become an important aspect of my social life.'  

Marilyn Summers
Wife, Mum and Grandma, Marilyn has been involved with the Anglican Church since joining Sunday School at the age of three.  Having moved to Goldsborough in 2012, she is delighted to exercise her reader ministry at St Mary's, as well as in outher churches in the Harrogate Deanery.

Gordon Wren
A former school-teacher, Gordon's ministry focuses on Holy Trinity, as reader, server and thurifer.