List of Past Churchwardens

Churchwardens' staff

Two Churchwardens are elected for a term of one year at the Annual Vestry Meeting in March/April.  This is often combined with the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  The term of office normally runs from the Archdeacon's Visitation (in May) until the Visitation in the following year.

Exceptionally, the Bishop or his agent may conduct a special ceremony to admit Churchwardens to office.  The Churchwardens Measure 2000 limited the continuous holding of the office of Churchwarden to a maximum of six consecutive years.

The dates below refer to the Churchwardens' years of elected office, starting from the Vestry Meeting / APCM.  The earlier details were obtained from an old minute book of Annual Vestry meetings.


Churchwardens

Years Elected

Notes

Mr W. S. H. May
Mr J. H. Blagrave

1893/94 to 1895/96


Mr Charles Collins
Mr W. Henderson

1896/97 to 1898/99


Mr Charles Collins
Mr D. May

1899/1900 to 1906/07

Interregnum of Rector in 1905.

Mr Charles Collins
Mr E. Bunce

1907/08

 Mr Collins died May 1907

Mr E. Bunce
Col. G. H. Fiennes

1907/08 to 1912/13

Col. Fiennes later became Lord Saye & Sele.

Mr E. Bunce
Capt. J. H. Tyre RN

1913/14 to 1915/16


Mr E. Bunce
Dr B. B. Hosford

1916/17 to 1922/23


Dr B. B. Hosford
Mr S. C. Saxby

1923/24 & 1924/25


Mr H. T. Barnett
Alderman T. Mason

1925/26


Alderman T. Mason
Lt. Col. J. F. Hawkins

1926/27


Mr R. J. Richardson
Alderman T. Mason

1927/28 to 1929/30

The post of Rector's Warden was vacant for part of this time, and part-occupied by Alderman Mason.

Alderman T. Mason
Mr R. J. Richardson

 1930/31

One Warden post was vacant for part of the year, and part-occupied by Mr Richardson.

Alderman T. Mason
Maj. C. C. Hardy

1931/32 & 1932/33


Alderman T. Mason
Mr H. Goodyer

1933/34 to 1935/36

Interregnum of Rector in 1934.

Alderman T. Mason
Mr R. S. Payne

1936/37 to 1943/44


Mr A. J. Morton
Mr E. H. Langley

1944/45 to 1946/47


Mr A. J. Morton
Mr F. J. Barber

1947/48 to 1955/56

Interregnum of Rector in 1953.

Mr F. J. Barber
Mr P.C.W.G. (Philip) Townend

1956/57 to 1964/65

Interregnum of Rector in 1962.

Mr P.C.W.G. (Philip) Townend
Mr E.W.P. (Pat) Moriarty OBE

1965/66 to 1967/68


Mr E.W.P. (Pat) Moriarty OBE
Mr H. T. (Harold) Hopkins

1968/69 to 1972/73

Interregnum of Rector in 1970-71.

Mr L. H. (Len) Miles
Mr J. D. (John) Morgan

1973/74 & 1974/75


Mr L. H. (Len) Miles
Mr H. F. (Harry) Lane

1975/76


Mr H. F. (Harry) Lane
Mr E. J. (John) Hickman

1976/77 & 1977/78


Mr E. J. (John) Hickman
Mr K. (Ken) Parker

1978/79


Mr K. (Ken) Parker
Mrs A. (Anne) Early

1979/80 & 1980/81

Interregnum of Rector in 1979-80.  Mrs Early (later Mrs Attewell) was the parish's first known female Churchwarden.

Mrs A. (Anne) Early
Mr T. D. (Tom) Peel

1981/82


Mr T. D. (Tom) Peel
Mr M. E. (Mike) Goom

1982/83 & 1983/84


Mr M. E. (Mike) Goom
Mr C. R. (Colin) Cairns

1984/85

Interregnum of Rector in 1984-85.  Mr Cairns was the parish's youngest known Churchwarden to date (age 29).

Mr C. R. (Colin) Cairns
Mrs R. (Rosemary) Cooper

1985/86 & 1986/87

Interregnum of Rector in 1984-85.

Mrs R. (Rosemary) Cooper
Mr R. M. (Bob) Horton

1987/88


Mr R. M. (Bob) Horton
Mr N. A. R. (Nigel) Hawkes

1988/89 & 1989/90

Mr Hawkes later became the Revd Hawkes.

Mr N. A. R. (Nigel) Hawkes
Miss S. M. (Sue) Handscomb

1990/91


Miss S. M. (Sue) Handscomb
Mr D. E. (Duncan) White

1991/92

Mr White later became the Revd White.

Miss S. M. (Sue) Handscomb
Mr G. B. (Gordon) Cooper

1992/93 & 1993/94

Interregnum of Rector in 1993-94.

Mr G. B. (Gordon) Cooper
Mrs F. M. (Mary) Horton

1994/95 & 1995/96

Interregnum of Rector in 1993-94.

Mrs F. M. (Mary) Horton
Mr O. C. (Oliver) Jenks

1996/97 & 1997/98


Mr O. C. (Oliver) Jenks
Mrs E. J. (Eileen) White

1998/99


Mrs E. J. (Eileen) White
Miss S. M. (Sue) Handscomb

1999/2000

Mrs White and Miss Handscomb both resigned in February 2000 with the consent of the Bishop.

Mr C. R. (Colin) Cairns
Mr J. G. (John) Stevenson

2000/01 & 2001/02


Mr J. G. (John) Stevenson
Mrs J. M. (Joan) Jenks

2002/03 & 2003/04


Mrs J. M. (Joan) Jenks
Mr A. (Alan) Rutter

2004/05 & 2005/06


Mr A. (Alan) Rutter
Mrs D. (Diane) Morris

2006/07 to 2008/09

Interregnum of Rector in 2007.

Mrs D. (Diane) Morris
Mr M. E. (Mike) Goom

2009/10 & 2010/11


Mr M. E. (Mike) Goom
Mrs R. (Rosa) Bardwell

2011/12

Mr R. Toms stood in for Mr Goom for part of 2011/12.

Mrs R. (Rosa) Bardwell
Mr R. (Roger) Toms

2012/13 & 2013/14


Mr R. (Roger) Toms
Mrs S. A. (Sally) Cairns

2014/15


Mrs S. A. (Sally) Cairns
Mr J. (John) Morris

2015/16 to 2018/19

Interregnum of Rector in 2017-18.

Mrs S. A. (Sally) Cairns
Mr D. R. (David) Bardwell

2019/20

COVID-19 pandemic: The 2019/20 term lasted 18 months (until APCM on 15/11/2020).

Mr D. R. (David) Bardwell
Mrs P. J. (Pat) MacDonald

2020/21 to 2021/22

COVID-19 pandemic: The 2020/21 term lasted 8 months (until APCM on 11/07/2021).

 

 

 


Churchwardens who are known to be 'long-serving' (over 10 years):
(before the introduction of the Churchwardens Measure 2001 which limited Churchwardens to 6 consecutive terms of office, and which allowed Churchwardens to resign without the requirement for the consent of the Bishop)

  • 19 years – 1925/26 to 1943/44 Alderman T. Mason
    (although he did not serve for some periods during 1927-1929)
  • 18 years 1947/48 to 1964/65 Mr F. J. Barber
  • 16 years 1907/08 to 1922/23 Mr E. Bunce
  • 12 years 1944/45 to 1955/56 Mr A. J. Morton
  • 12 years 1956/57 to 1967/68 Mr P. C. W. G. Townend
  • 11 years 1896/97 to 1907/08 Mr Charles Collins
    (Mr Collins died in May 1907, shortly after taking office for 1907/08)

Married couples who have both served as Churchwardens (at different times):

  • Mr C. R. Cairns (5 years total) and Mrs S. A. Cairns (6½ years)
  • Mrs R. Cooper (3 years) and Mr G. B. Cooper (4 years)
  • Mr R. M. Horton (3 years) and Mrs F. M. Horton (4 years)
  • Mr D. E. White (1 year) and Mrs E. J. White (2 years)
  • Mr O. C. Jenks (3 years) and Mrs J. M. Jenks (4 years)
  • Mrs D. Morris (5 years) and Mr J. Morris (4 years)
  • Mrs R. Bardwell (3 years) and Mr D. R. Bardwell (3 years to date)