Who’s Who

Gary Philbrick

Priest in Charge

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

Assistant Curate

Nicky has lived in the New Forest for nearly 25 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

Rachel Noel

Assistant Curate

Rachel was born and grew up in South London, and went to school in Wimbledon. She went to the University of Nottingham, to read Maths & Philosophy, where she met husband Phil, who was reading Physics. As a young person, Rachel went on the Scripture Union Computing & Electronics holiday, where she made a commitment to … 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 Gail has joined the team and works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.  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 rainy days!), cycling (most … Read More

Marie Gray

Marie has recently joined Sarah as part-time administrator at the Parish Office. She works Monday to Wednesday mornings … Read More

Judith Dowsett

Churchwarden - Fordingbridge

Judith and her husband John came to Fordingbridge in 2009 from Berkshire. They have two grown up married children; a son near Wallingford, Oxfordshire and a daughter near Sydney, Australia, so Skype gets used quite a bit! There are four grandchildren, Susanna, Liam and Louise and the youngest being Rose, born spring 2015. … Read More

Jane Calver

Churchwarden - Fordingbridge

Jane became a churchwarden at St Mary's in April 2013. She and husband Martin (currently Treasurer to St Mary's PCC) moved to Fordingbridge in November 1988 from Lingfield in Surrey and immediately became involved with church life, with son Adam at age 11 a chorister. Jane sings with St Mary's singers, one of the two church … Read More