Hi, I am Josh and I have been Vicar of Norbury Parish Church since November 2019. I moved to Hazel Grove with my wife Ashleigh and our young child from the Wirral. Since moving here we have acquired a rather energetic black lab called Bea. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking the dog and long distance running. Do say hello if you see me in the street.
If you want to get in touch please give me a call on 0161 759 8531 or email [email protected]
I’ve spent my professional life in education, most recently working out of UCL on an early intervention for children not picking up literacy. For some time I had sensed God’s call to ordination and now I am serving my curacy (a sort of apprenticeship) here at Norbury Parish. I have many hobbies and not enough time to do them…but principally reading, cinema, birdwatching, learning to cook! I am married to Paul, a musician and writer and we have two grown up children.
I was ordained 40 years ago, was diverted into a teaching career for 27 years, then returned to the ministry after 'retiring'. My interests include politics, caravanning with my family, cults and heresies, world religions, allotment gardening and Nottingham Forest – but not necessarily in that order.
For 35 years my workplace was in the educational world, teaching physics, Deputy Head in Blackburn, Headmaster in Birmingham and then in Glasgow. I was a Reader for many years in a number of parishes and then whilst working in Birmingham felt a clear call to ordination alongside my day job. A change of direction brought me to the Diocese of Chester in 2005 to be Warden of Readers and Vicar of Woodford. My wife, Roey and I have 3 adult daughters and 6 grandchildren. My ‘specialist subject’ is the music of Sir Edward Elgar.
I am Ashleigh and I am an ordinand at Norbury Parish Church. "Ordinand" is a fancy word for a trainee Vicar. Before moving to Norbury I lived with Josh in Neston. I have a real heart for seeing families connect with the church and cannot wait to spend time getting to know the people of Norbury. In my spare time you will often find me taking photography and spending time with my family.
I moved to Hazel Grove in 1974, and my first contact with Norbury was when I brought my 2 children to the Sunday School, I soon became very involved by becoming a Sunday school leader, this was something that I had never done before, but the experience which I gained by teaching was invaluable. I thought I already knew a lot about Christianity but found I knew very little. I became more involved in Church life when I became PCC secretary a position I held for many years, until I became a Churchwarden. This is a job which I dearly love, being involved in many aspects of Church life from the building itself to the congregation that worship there. All of this is a way of life for me, and I feel very privileged to be allowed to do this work at Norbury.
I have attended Norbury for most of my life. I was baptised, confirmed and married in the Church. I joined the Church Lads Brigade when I was ten years old and still am a member today. I attended the Sunday School and Pathfinders eventually be coming a Sunday School teacher. I also was a member of the Church Youth Club for many years. In 2014 I was invited to take on the role of Churchwarden along side Jill Elsby. It is a role that I consider an honour and privilege to serve the family of the church at Norbury.
I am a Londoner in Northern exile but I think its great up here. I have lived in Hazel Grove for 55 years and been a member of Norbury since 1997 and became PCC secetary in 2003. I am one of the gang of "Maureens" at church (hence Mo) and I am happiest when I'm busy, whether it's serving food at Messy Church, helping with Holiday Club or trying to play Masie (my violin) with the music group, plus I like to be useful. My other interests are playing badminton, walking and cycling - but all for fun.
Born in Essex, I arrived in Hazel Grove with my family in 1978, have worshipped at Norbury ever since and now consider myself an honorary 'Grover'. I have sung in the church choir consistently since then apart from the two years when I was Church Warden until taking over in my current role as Church Treasurer. Among other roles, I coordinate the parish Fellowship Groups, some of which have been in existence for over 20 years and have provided support and encouragement to many during that time.
I am a retired nurse, having worked at a Hospice and Cancer Centre where I had special responsibility for bereavement care and spirituality. I've been a member of Norbury Church since I was a teenager and was licensed as a Reader in 1991, with ministry having been very much shared between work and church. I'm currently a member of the Prayer Visiting and Baptism Visiting teams and greatly enjoy co-leading a group at our Holiday Club. I also lead a fellowship group. Outside interests include a love of animals and nature and the great pleasure of sharing life with my two granddaughters, who live nearby.
I was licensed as a Reader in October 2008 at Chester Cathedral and have been a member of the congregation at Norbury for the past 25 years. I am also a Deanery and Diocesan Synod representative. I'm married to Gale and have two sons. I work as a self-employed Chartered Accountant from offices adjoining my home.
I am a Reader and a retired Chemistry teacher. I was licensed as a Reader in 1975 and have been at Norbury since 2001. My interests beyond church include fell walking, gardening (with an especial interest in alpine plants), listening to chamber music, and, most of all, my grandchildren.
I have been a member of Norbury church for the past 15 years returning to faith following the death of my Father. Little did I know that this was to be my mountain top experience, for following this sad occasion I discovered an unquenchable thirst and hunger for a deeper knowledge and relationship with my God.
Furthermore I wanted to share what I had discovered and inform others of his love and gracious blessings. I became a licensed Reader in 2005 a ministry of which I feel extremely privileged and one which is so fulfilling to walk part of life's journey with others through joys and adversities.
I am responsible for many aspects of administration at Norbury, and deal with general enquiries, room bookings, the church diary and events, and churchyard matters. If you have a question about Norbury, I should be able to answer it – or know someone who can! I am married to Rick and have three wonderful children.
Hi I'm Cath the children's worker here at Norbury which means I am responsible for the wide variety of things that happen here at church for children from birth until they go to high school. I have been children’s worker since October 2006, and in that time it has been wonderful to see many children grow up in the church family and their faith grow with them. I am married to Jimmy (the church verger) and have two children and one step son. I enjoy watching the Harry Potter films and also Mamma Mia but my all-time favourite film is Mary Poppins (yes you read that correctly). I also enjoy reading but I also love it when I get chance to do absolutely nothing at all. I look forward to seeing you at Norbury soon.
I am the verger and sexton of Norbury Parish Church. I have had the privilege of serving and looking after this church with its many different groups, involving adults and children, for almost 30 years and class it as my second home. I enjoy a laugh and a joke, helping with the All-Age worship services, playing the drums and cooking. I look forward to the next 30 years as the church develops, to encourage more people of all ages into the church family here at Norbury.
Maureen has attended Norbury Parish Church for about 18 years and has been an assistant verger for 14 years. She is better known, particularly amongst the children, as the 'cake lady'. She enjoys her work and hopes to be able to continue for the foreseeable future.
I have led the Music Group at Norbury for about ten years – I play the piano as a hobby, and my day job is an IT Project Manager, so much of my life is spent at a keyboard! I am married to Pam and have three children – James, Hannah and Elle. I am originally from the Midlands, which explains my support of West Bromwich Albion.
My wife Susan and I have lived in Hazel Grove for 23 years and I have been organist at Norbury for the past 11 years. Before coming to Norbury I was the organist of a church in West Didsbury, Manchester. Over the years I have played at many different churches in the area.