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 Richard Nolan – Curate

Richard lives in Wetherby and works full time in Harrogate as a partner at Hempsons, a national firm of leading health and social care solicitors specialising in all aspects of healthcare law.  Richard is a self-supporting minister and sees the workplace as an important part of his ministry.  He has been with St Peter’s since he joined Hempsons in Harrogate in 2008 and is a member of the music group.  He trained on the Yorkshire Ministry Course for 3 years part-time before taking up the role of Curate at St  Peter’s.  He was formerly a keen rugby union player having grown up in Rugby, and still enjoys an occasional run out.  He is married to Pam and father to Annabelle.  Richard enjoys attending the gym, walking, listening to music, theatre, reading and singing.  He has served as a trustee with St George’s Crypt in Leeds, a director and trustee of Yorkshire Dance, and a volunteer media officer with Tearfund.

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

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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!

Ken Dickson – Caretaker

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Ken joined St Peter’s in April 2012 and is an integral part of the team managing the new community rooms at St Peter’s Church.

 Rachel Fell – PCC Secretary

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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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  • The Richard Eaton Singers – Harrogate Music Festival

    As part of Harrogate Music Festival, the Richard Eaton Choir from Edmonton, Canada will be performing at St Peter’s Church at 7:30 pm on Thursday 13th July. The programme will feature many Canadian folk songs as well as sacred and classical music, accompanied by Leanne Regehr on piano and our own John Longstaff on the  [Read the rest…]

  • The San Jose Symphonic Choir

    This choir from Silicon Valley, San Francisco, will sing at St Peter’s Church on Saturday 8th July at 1:00 pm. Their programme includes pieces by Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Rachmaninoff and Earl George. Although this is a free concert, tickets must be booked in advance at the Festival box office 01423 562303 or online at www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com.

  • The Big Sing – Harrogate Music Festival

    Come and join in The Big Sing, at St Peter’s Church on Saturday 1st July starting at 11 am. This event, which is part of the Harrogate Music Festival, will be led by Armonico Consort, a critically acclaimed choir who have performed at festivals and concert halls all over the UK. Although this is a  [Read the rest…]

  • Candlelit Vigil – 24 May at 7.30pm

    All welcome to join us for a candlelit vigil for Manchester tonight, 24 May from 7.30 – 9.00pm.

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