MEET THE TEAM
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
All good organisations need good people and here in the parish we believe we have some very good people. People who bring the Church to life in our communities; lead our worship; bring us to faith; secure the fabric of our buildings and people who through their enthusiasm and commitment sustain and strengthen both its physical and spiritual presence.
Reverend Angela Hannafin
Angela grew up in Hampshire, but describes herself as ‘born on wheels’ since she has moved a lot!
After studying English and French at university, she worked in the charity sector, before moving into telecoms and finance en route to ordination!
Her career saw her working for over a decade in Paris, which is where, after three years working at St Michael’s Paris, she decided to follow the call to ordained ministry.
She is passionate about communicating the Christian faith, and her Masters dissertation was centred around the issues of welcome and hospitality.
She is married to Gerrard, and they live in the vicarage with Ted the cat (adopted from Paris).
Churchwarden, All Hallows
Jacquie has lived in Bardsey and worshipped at All Hallows since 2007. She has been Churchwarden for three years.
She feels privileged to have this role in a church that has been a place of worship for over 1,200 years. Her favourite part of the job is welcoming people to the church. Whether they be regulars, folk who haven’t been for a while, visitors new to the parish attending a baptism, wedding or funeral, or just popping in on their way past while walking through the village - all receive a warm welcome.
Jacquie has been married to Jeremy for 30 years and has two children. They have just become grandparents and are thoroughly enjoying spending time with their grandson.
She loves all types of cooking and baking and was a Home Economics teacher before having children. She also enjoys gardening and growing flowers and vegetables from seed.
Churchwarden, St Mary Magdalene
Fiona has lived locally all her life. She moved to East Keswick from Harewood in 1990 and has been involved at St Mary Magdalene’s ever since.
She became Churchwarden in 2016 and is responsible for keeping the church in good order for everyone, with help from the enthusiastic congregation. She describes the role as challenging, fun and fulfilling all at the same time.
Further afield, Fiona is actively involved with the adult support group of Wetherby District Scouts and can regularly be seen in the kitchen helping with refreshments at district events and quiz nights.
Fiona is married to Robert and they have three grown up children – all boys. (Who were of course, all scouts!)
Catriona joined the team in 2022 and is getting used to her new role. She is the first point of call for any queries regarding the churches and can be found in the parish office in the Callister Hall on most weekdays. If the door is open she is probably there, just ring the bell. Alternatively, it is always worth ringing or dropping her an email and she will do her best to get you an answer.
Catriona worked in the health service for many years before leaving to spend more time with her family. She is married to Richard and has two children, who are both going to be at university this year.
Scarcroft has been home for nearly 20 years and so is almost in the Parish. She enjoys travelling, cooking, crafting and is a member of the Scarcroft WI.
Food Bank Coordinator
Carol coordinates a small group of loyal and conscientious volunteers in Bardsey and East Keswick, who help to collect and deliver food donations, made by residents in the villages, to St. Aidan's church in Harehills.
Carol liaises with St. Aidan’s, as to what goods are needed each week and then posts a list around both villages. Donated goods are then collect each week on a Thursday from the Vicarage and delivered to St Aidan’s on a Friday.
After many years commuting between Nottingham and Leeds Carol finally moved to Bardsey permanently in 2014 and now lives with her husband Graham on Blackmoor Lane.
Charlotte has lived in Bardsey and worshipped at All Hallows since 2001 when she moved from ‘The South of England’ with her husband of 30 years. She feels very much at home now in Yorkshire.
Her first career was as a radiographer but took a break to bring up a daughter and son who are now in their 20s. She has worked as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) in a local primary school since 2006 and thoroughly enjoys the challenges and joys of teaching.
Outside work, music is a passion. She leads Village Voices choir and sings in the church choir as well as Wetherby Choral Society. She supports her family’s musical activities as well as her own and enjoys knitting, cross stitching, gardening, quizzing and playing the recorder.
At Children’s Church services she can often be found up to her elbows in paint or leading the singing. She is very approachable and is more than happy to talk over any concerns anyone may have in relation to safeguarding.
Safeguarding, means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will work to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
Parish Baptism Coordinator
Helen has lived in Bardsey – off and on – from the age of four and feels very privileged to be part of such a lovely village and church community.
She trained as a Primary School Teacher in Chester and began her teaching career in Harrogate. Helen then became the Year 5 class teacher at Bardsey Primary School and, after many years, is still there but now in a part – time capacity.
Helen enjoys tutoring in her spare time, charity work, walking her dog Ruby and spending time with her family. She is married to Simon and has two grown up children.
She finds the role of Baptism Coordinator very rewarding and enjoys being part of such a special time for families.
Kathy moved to Scarcoft in 2016 and has worshipped in the Parish since then, alongside playing the organ, keyboard and singing in the choir.
She is an FMAAT qualified accountant and has recently retired from her position as Finance Business Partner for WISE, a not-for-profit organisation originally set up to support getting more women into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, but now more widely supporting companies on their Diversity and Inclusion journey. Prior to that, she was Head of Finance for Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association: a not-for-profit organization with charitable status caring for elderly people in and around Harrogate.
Kathy is a trustee and the treasurer of Ataxia UK, the national charity supporting those with Ataxia, a condition her husband Phil was diagnosed with in 2013.
Kathy and Phil have been married for 41 years and have three grown up children. In her spare time, Kathy is an active member, and secretary, of Scarcroft WI; enjoys gardening and plays piano for a small group of singers called Songbirds.
Stephen has been a regular worshipper at All Hallows for the last 35 years but lives about six miles away in Dunkeswick. He became involved with the local communities in both Bardsey and East Keswick through his involvement with Crusaders, the Christian youth organisation, now known as Urban Saints.
Stephen has been retired since 2017, following a long career in the printing industry and a rather shorter one at the University of Leeds, as a Faculty Marketing Manager.
As well as providing communications support for Parish activities, he is actively involved in other supporting roles for both churches.