Who’s who

The Revd Dr Alan Garrow – Vicar of St Peter’s Church

Alan Garrow joined St Peter’s, along with Emma and their two young children, in April 2016. Since ordination in 1993 he has sought to combine practical ministry with academic research and teaching. Previous roles have included: Curate of Waltham Abbey, Tutor in New Testament Studies at the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course, Vicar Theologian of Bath Abbey and Visiting Scholar at the University of Sheffield – where he remains an Honorary Academic. He delights to bring cutting edge research to refresh experience of everyday prayer and worship – and has a particular interest in the place of shared eating in the life of the very early, and present day, Church.

Website: www.alangarrow.com   If you would like to contact Alan his telephone number is 01423 526454.

The Revd Tim Hurren – Associate Vicar

Tim is married to Caroline who belongs to Kairos Church (formerly St Mary’s) and they have two children and five grandchildren. They love exploring the countryside in their motorhome and Tim’s interests include a wide variety of music and reading.  Apart from his work at St Peter’s Tim chairs the management committee of Wesley Centre in Oxford Street, coordinates Harrogate School of Theology and Mission, is a trustee of Marrick Priory and involved in two local charities, Supporting Older People and Wellspring Therapy and Training.

The Revd Sue Pearce – Assistant Priest

Sue has lived in Harrogate nearly all her life and absolutely loves being in such a beautiful town. She began her working career as a secretary and went on to teach at Harrogate College.  She has a son, a daughter and five lively grandchildren.  She is a member of Nidderdale Tangent and Harrogate Inner Wheel and loves walking and travelling.  Ordination came late in life, but she very much enjoys being involved with St Peter’s and the opportunities it brings to encourage others to deepen their faith and bring others to a greater understanding of their own spirituality.

Sian Lockwood – Churchwarden and St Peter’s Safeguarding Officer

sian LockwoodSian and her family have attended St Peter’s for many years. She has held a number of posts in the church, most recently heading up the Sunday sacristy team. She lives in Nidd with her husband Rob and has three grown-up children.
She is CEO of a charitable company which operates throughout the UK.

Oliver Longstaff – Churchwarden

OliverOliver has been involved with St Peter’s since 2003, when he was appointed Director of Music, a post he held for over eight years. He appears regularly in our dramatic productions and was elected churchwarden in 2015. A barrister by profession, he also sits as a coroner. Besides his musical interests, he is a keen but average golfer and father to two sons and a daughter.

Carole Raw – Parish Administrator

Carole RawCarole has worked in the Parish Office since 2002, and was appointed Parish Administrator in 2008. She returned to Harrogate when she married, after working in South East Asia for Oxfam, and studying Indonesian and Malay at London University. She has two children and enjoys cooking for friends, walking and rambling in the Yorkshire Dales.

David Fisher – Treasurer


Harrogate born and bred, David has two grown-up children and a grand-daughter. David has been associated with St Peter’s all of his life, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been our Treasurer for more than 20 years!

Nigel Bearcroft – Caretaker

 Rachel Fell – PCC Secretary

Rachel Fell

Rachel has been PCC Secretary since January 2014 and is a corporate lawyer with a firm of solicitors in Leeds.  She is wife to Terry and they have three young children.  Rachel returned to her Harrogate roots some 17 years ago after living in Leeds, Grimsby and Manchester and has never looked back.  In her spare time, Rachel enjoys baking, the theatre and family days out in the wonderful Yorkshire countryside.

Marian Chambers – Weekly News and Parish Newsletter Editor

Marian has been the editor of our weekly news sheet The Weekly News since 2015 and has recently taken  on the new parish newsletter THE NET. She is a retired primary school teacher and has been worshipping at St Peter’s with her family for over 20 years.

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  • Leonard Bernstein Concert

    Vocalis, Harrogate’s chamber choir are holding a Bernstein Centenary Celebration concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 24th March in St Peter’s Church Cambridge Street, Harrogate HG1 1PB. Conducted by their talented young Musical Director Alexander Kyle, this celebratory concert will include excerpts from West Side Story and a performance of Bernstein’s energetic and tuneful Chichester Psalms. Also included  [Read the rest…]

  • Performance of Handel’s Messiah

    There will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah with St Peter’s Choir, guest singers and an orchestra on Wednesday 28th March starting at 7:15 pm. Tickets £11.00 from the Parish Office Monday to Friday (01423 568218).

  • Craft Aid International, Celebrating Downs Syndrome

    Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with a super-inspiring little video highlighting the gifts, talents & abilities, love & laughter they bring to the world, through the lens of Craft Aid International. A great snapshot of our work with so many differently-able people around the world.  

  • Alpha is running here – Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm

    Everyone has questions.  We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith.  Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.  Alpha is  [Read the rest…]


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