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

Michael Anderson

Assistant Priest

Michael was born and brought up in Surrey, attending Emmanuel Church Tolworth , where he was baptised, confirmed, and married to Sylvia in July 1966. He was ordained in the September, having trained at Trinity Bristol.  He served at Fareham and Basingstoke, before moving to Hordle. During his varied career he has also served … 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

Kate Wilson

Assistant Priest

Kate started nursing in 1965 in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and she continued to work in various nursing,  management and teaching roles until 1999 when she retired from the NHS. While training for ordination in Oxford she started working  in hospices and with Child Bereavement UK as a bereavement trainer and … 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 Rowe

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 husband Rod who she married in September 2019 at Hyde church. Jackie … Read More

Gwenda Moore

Assistant Churchwarden - Godshill

“Maths was always my favourite subject” she told the interview panel for her first job. She felt excited by 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

Heather Clark

Churchwarden - Hyde

Heather was born in the New Forest (Bransgore) more years ago than she will admit. Her first job in London was with the, then, Board of Trade. While living and working in London she worshipped at St Paul’s, Onslow Square where she met her husband, Peter. They moved to Purley where they had two children, worshipped at … Read More

Catherine Haworth

Churchwarden - Hale & Woodgreen

Catherine has been living in Woodgreen for a number of years, after living in Salisbury and before that in Wells , Somerset - three lovely places to spend time in attractive countryside with many interesting places within reach and providing a great variety of church services. She enjoys both the different services and the … 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

Ian Newman

Churchwarden - Fordingbridge

Ian grew up in Fordingbridge and after attending Fordingbridge Primary School went to Burgate Secondary before going to Brockenhurst College. Ian attended St Mary’s Fordingbridge from an early age and was baptised when aged 13. He went on to learn the Funeral Directing business managing a business in Salisbury for 14 … Read More

Richard Williams

Churchwarden - Breamore

Richard served in the RAF at home and abroad for over 25 years. After a final posting in the Pentagon, he then held a variety of jobs with the Foreign Office and Reserve Army, including the Cabinet Office during the 2nd Gulf War. He later worked for several years across the Balkans, initially with the European Commission and … Read More