Staff and Leadership

The latest letter from our Team Rector is here.

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.
 
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Revd Canon Dr Margaret Guite

Maggie is our Team Rector for St Mary’s in Linton and also the parish churches in Castle Camps, Shudy Camps, Horseheath and Bartlow. She joined St Mary's as Team Rector in 2015, and has been around Cambridgeshire in church ministry since 1982. Her husband, Malcolm, is also a priest and chaplain at Girton College, Cambridge.

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The Revd Dr Nicola Bown

Nicola is our Curate. She and her family moved to Linton in 2016 after she was ordained Deacon at Ely Cathedral. Before ordination she taught English and Art History, and she enjoys bringing art and creativity into her ministry. She is married to Sam and has two sons.

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Melanie Symonds

Melanie is our Rector's Administrator, who has connections with the local schools and local community groups. When she is not busy with church administration or dealing with general enquiries, she is writing children's literature.

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Revd Lesley Gore

Lesley is a retired priest with permission to officiate. She has lived in Linton for 38 years and before she was ordained she ministered in Linton as a Reader (Lay minister). Currently she does Sunday services in Bartlow (and Fulbourn Hospital) and ministers pastorally in Linton and Bartlow.

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Mr David Watts

David is in his second year as Churchwarden. He recently moved back into the village and to St. Mary’s when he retired from teaching Chemistry and being an Assistant Head. He has just finished an English degree and has relished the different challenges of learning rather than teaching. He is married to Cathy, has four daughters, now scattered about the country and has a big dog which takes him for walks.

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Revd Dr Ian Fisher

Ian is the semi-retired team Vicar and has particular oversight of parishes of Castle Camps, Horseheath and Shudy Camps. (For more information see their website.) Ian was first ordained in 1988 in Rural Herefordshire. From there he served as Chaplain to the University of Surrey  before moving to Ashton-under–Lyne in Manchester  and then to North Shoebury  in Chelmsford Diocese. Ian joined the team in 2017. Ian is married to Katharine who works as a teaching assistant and loves cooking.

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Mrs Nicola Collard

Nicola has been with St Mary's for over 9 years and Licensed as a Lay Minister for 3 years. Her main role is her link with the Infant and Junior Schools in the village: Leading assemblies, pastoral 'walkabout' at the Heights, welcoming Harvest, Christmas, Easter, and leavers assemblies for the Heights, school learning visits to St Mary's, and supporting related Special projects and visits, are all key roles, with a couple of other things planned.
As Foundation Governor at the Infant School and the fact that Nicola has two young boys at the local schools has meant that her role as LLM within the community has been a natural step and, over time, has been a channel to build good relationships with staff and children, and to keep links between the church and the schools really strong.

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Mrs Nanette Blackmore

The role of verger is to be supportive to the clergy and responsible for maintaining the church furnishings and vessels.The duties are many and varied. They range from the preparation of services such as weddings, funerals and special occasion services like Easter, Christmas, Remembrance Day, and helping at the School Assemblies to ordering wine, wafers and candles, checking microphones and batteries, changing altar frontals and hangings, washing the albs and linen, updating the Memorial tables, knowing the church history, welcoming visitors, finding family tree lines from church records, heating the church, locking and unlocking the church and putting the bins out.

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Mrs Pam Richardson

Pam has three main roles in the church. An ALM for the last ten years in leading worship, she has both written and led may services and activities both in St Mary’s and Bartlow. As Events Committee Chair she has helped to create a group which supports and enriches church life and connects the church with the village community. An element of fund-raising is also included in the brief! Events have included trips to the seaside and craft fairs, meals, dances, a murder mystery and large scale-whole village events. As Christian Aid representative for the Group, Pam has encouraged some 50 collectors, including members of the Linton URC, to go door to door for Christian Aid for the last decade. Linton can be very proud of its efforts in this area, being a major supporter of Christian Aid in the county.

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Mrs Gill Powell

Gill and her husband, Lawrence, have lived in Linton and worshipped at St Mary’s since 2006. She is a retired Infant School teacher and headteacher and her work within the church is aimed at ensuring that it is welcoming and accessible to all, particularly young families and children. She is an ALM with responsibility for social awareness but has also recently undertaken a further ALM course in baptism ministry, a field that she is keen to develop. She is on the Messy Church team and also helps at the village Infant School as part of her ministry.

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Mrs Cathy Watts

Cathy grew up locally but has recently retired as a Prep school Deputy head in Hertfordshire. She was licensed as a lay reader as St Albans Cathedral in 2005 and recently transferred to the Ely diocese. She sits on the All-age planning group, Messy church planning and takes a family service at Bartlow once a month.
As a Foundation Governor she is actively involved with the Infant school, she also sits on the SACRE committee and is a selection officer for LLM in the diocese. In her spare time she enjoys the grandchildren, the garden, loves to sew and be creative.

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Mrs Sue Filby

Sue has supported youth work in Linton since 2005 working alongside the Lead Youth Workers over the years; Louise Rose, Adrian Rose, Hannah Burton, Barry Easton and Lee Nash. She attended the Ely Diocese Youth Ministry Training modules in 2010 and 2011 and was authorised in this role in October 2011, and her permission to minister was renewed in January 2016.
It is exciting to watch and be involved with the young people as they develop their identities and Faith. Some of the activities include youth groups, go-karting, residential trips, litter picking, summer camps. The role is varied, challenging but very rewarding

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Dr David Parry-Smith

David Parry-Smith is a professional scientist and senior manager and also an experienced parish organist and choral director, holding the diploma of Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He works at the Wellcome Sanger Institute at the Wellcome Genome Campus at Hinxton, near Cambridge. David has been a church musician, organist and choir director since his teenage years and has held posts as organist and choir director in Rugby, Leeds, and south-east Kent. He encourages a wide variety of music in services and welcomes singers and instrumentalists of all standards and abilities to contribute to the musical offering of praise at St Mary’s, so that “Of the best that Thou has given earth and heaven render Thee”.

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Mrs Helene Evans

Helene has lived in Linton for 40+ years and brought up 3 sons in the village - BUT is very proud to be Welsh by birth and up bringing! She is a Senior Practice Nurse working at a practice in Cambridge, looking forward to retirement in the not too distant future.
As Churchwarden  'I am honoured and happy to be able to serve God, his church and the community in this position'. What little spare time she has is spent enjoying her rapidly increasing family, learning to bell ring (a newly acquired skill) and spending time with friends over a cup of coffee or glass of wine!

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Mrs Sarah Thorne

Sarah leads the Messy Church team at St Mary’s. She is involved with Tots in Tow, our group for pre-school children and their parents/carers, and the Friday School Service. Sarah feels that it is an exciting time to be part of the church family at St Mary’s, and joining in with what God is doing in the village. Sarah's passion is to see families encounter God’s unlimited love for them and share some of the journey He takes us all on.

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Mr John Thorne

John, his wife Sarah and their family, have lived in Linton since 1983. He has a heart for mission and evangelism, to see those outside of the church come into a personal relationship with Christ. He has trained as an Authorised Lay Minister (ALM) in both Mission Shaped Ministry and Worship Ministry. John takes an active part in church life including being a PCC member, playing guitar in the music group and as one of the core Messy Church team. John is an Electronics Engineer by trade and runs his own business based in the village.

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