Who's who

Alan Garrow – Vicar of St Peter’s Church

Alan joined St Peter’s, along with Emma and their two school-age children, in April 2016. Since ordination in 1993 he has done a lot of different jobs - but this is the first time he has been 'the Vicar'. Since becoming Vicar of St Peter's, however, he's been wondering why he's been avoiding such a great job for so long! His main hobby is finding out about more about first century history - trying to answer questions like: why did people in the first century think it was a good idea to follow Jesus? You can find out more about his writing and research at www.alangarrow.com. Otherwise, he loves being outdoors and meeting new people.

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Chris ClaytonChris Clayton – Curate

I was born and bred in Bradford and I'm married to my wonderful wife Samantha, who was my childhood sweetheart. We have been together for 21 years and married for 15. We have two amazing boys - Alexander and Daniel - who both attend secondary school. My hobbies include supporting the mighty Bradford City FC (someone has to) and I also enjoy playing football, golf and paintball. Before ordination I worked in the hotel trade for six years and at Bradford College as the customer services manager in IT for eleven years. 

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Sian Lockwood OBE –  Churchwarden

Sian and her family have attended St Peter’s for many years. She has held a number of posts in the church, including Churchwarden from 2014-2018. 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.

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Sarah Martin –  Churchwarden

Sarah, originally from Kent, has lived in Harrogate for over 30 years. She is married to Steve and has a delightful granddaughter, born during lockdown 2020. She is passionate about the value of prayer and nurturing others through the Alpha course. Sarah has been a dedicated Lay Reader at St Peter's for six years. She began her career life in hospitality but now works as an Assistant Accountant in Harrogate. She adores walking with friends and bird watching. 


Kate Blake - St Peter’s Safeguarding Officer

  Details of our safeguarding policy are available here.






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Carole Raw – Parish Administrator

Carole 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.

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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 27 years!

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Nigel Bearcroft – Caretaker 

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Rachel Fell – PCC Secretary

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.

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Marian Chambers – Weekly News and Parish Newsletter Editor

Marian has been the editor of our weekly news sheet The Weekly News since 2015 and more recently the 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. She and her husband, David, have two grown-up daughters and one grandchild.

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