Who’s Who

Gary Philbrick


Gary was born in Cheshire, moved to Ayrshire with his sister and parents in his early teens, and then to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire in time to take ‘O’ Levels. He came to Southampton in 1975 to read music at the University there. He became organist of Otterbourne, near Winchester, moved into the village whilst doing a … Read More

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Nicky Davies

Associate Priest

Nicky has lived in the New Forest for nearly 30 years. She moved there from Overton, nr Basingstoke, where she became a Christian through the love and witness of local churchgoers. After marrying Matt they moved to Hythe as Matt works for The Forestry Commission. When a tied house became available they moved to Woodgreen and … Read More

Mike Trotman

Assistant Curate

I am delighted to be the Assistant Curate of the Avon Valley Churches benefice. It was lovely to return to Fordingbridge having worshipped at the 8am service whilst exploring my calling to ordained ministry. I previously worked as a primary school teacher, and as a family we were involved with the St Swithun’s church plant … Read More

John Towler

Assistant Priest

John joined the team in 2006 having served a Curacy in Lowestoft, incumbency in a village in Norfolk, as a Diocesan Youth Officer and as Precentor at Worcester Cathedral. He took a break from the Ministry in 1981 and qualified as a Psychotherapist and Teacher. John's professional interest is in 'How Organisations … Read More

Mark Ward

Licensed Lay Minister

Mark was licensed as a lay minister in 2005 and takes 2 or 3 services a month across the team. In 2011 he became Lay Chair of Christchurch Deanery and shares some responsibilities for the Deanery with our Priest-In-Charge, Gary who is Area Dean. Mark is a member of Winchester Diocesan Synod. Mark works full time as Head of … Read More

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Gail Newell

Part time Parish Administrator Part time Parish Administrator Gail has joined the team and works on from Tuesday to Friday each week.  Gail has lived in the area since 1998, firstly in Alderholt and now in Frogham.  She has a background in HR and Training and enjoys walking her Cocker Spaniel in the Forest (even on … Read More

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Jackie Garratt

Jackie works part time as Church Office and Finance Administrator. Having moved to Fordingbridge in September 2017 from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire with her two daughters Ruby and Bethany that attend the local Burgate school, she is also joined with her partner Rod who is to become her husband marrying in September 2019 at … Read More

Gwenda Moore

Assistant Churchwarden - Godshill

“Maths was always Gwenda's favourite subject” she told the interview panel for her first job. She felt excited at the Christian call to work overseas. So, armed with a maths degree, it was VSO in Singapore teaching Chinese boys; CMS in Nigeria, post Biafra, teaching girls; and then with her (late) husband and their two … Read More

Martin Ings

Churchwarden - Hyde

Martin was born in Highfield Hospital in 1952. He went to school in Fordingbridge and then to Bishop Wordsworth in Salisbury. Whilst there he started to learn to play the trumpet which led on to three years study at the Royal College of Music. After ten years playing in London with the orchestras there and having the position … Read More

Nigel Spratt

Churchwarden - Fordingbridge

Nigel was born in Fordingbridge and joined the church choir in 1951. He has family links to St. Mary's back as far as 1734 when his 5th great grandparents were married there. Nigel was a Chartered Engineer, starting his career at A&AEE Boscombe Down, moving on to Hawker Siddley in Cheshire and then Rolls Royce in Derbyshire. … Read More