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.

  

Colossians 3:13-14

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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.

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Reverend Angela Hannafin

Vicar

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). 

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Jacquie Earnshaw

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.

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Fiona Siekierkowski

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!)

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Elizabeth Otty

Parish Administrator

Elizabeth joined the team in 2009 after retiring from working in the health service, and quickly found out that life as a parish administrator is much like working in the health service: lots of people to meet, problems to solve and paper work to do!

 

She can be found in our parish office, in the Callister Hall, on most weekday afternoons and is the first port of call for nearly everything to do with our churches whatever it may be. 

 

She will be able to answer your questions or know someone who can! So do give her a phone call, or send an email or call by and ring the office door bell. 

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Carol Bone

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.

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Charlotte Meek

Safeguarding Officer

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.

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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.

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Helen Render

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.

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Stephen Scales

Communications Officer

Stephen has been a regular worshipper at All Hallows for the last 35 years but lives about six miles away in Dunkeswick, together with his wife Jane. 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 a similar role, with the volunteer-led charity, Zero Carbon Harrogate, whose aim is to help the Harrogate District become carbon neutral by 2030.