Rev. Anne Hinks retired at the end of December 2020 and we thank her for her service.
Rev. Canon Barbara Clutton, who has known our churches for many years, recently joined the Leam Valley Churches as Associate Minister. Barbara will be taking many of our services, while we work together with the Diocese to find a new priest.
our Associate minister:
Rev. Canon Barbara clutton
I have lived and worked in the benefice for the past 35 years, working as a farmer for most of that time. My calling to ordination came through my work with creation and after a long selection and training process, I was ordained about 18 years ago and served as priest in charge in the Draycote rural benefice for nine years.
I also serve as the Diocesan Rural Officer advising the diocese and rural parishes on the joys and challenges of rural ministry. For many years I have also been a farmers chaplain helping to support our farming community through difficult times.
I have three adult children and normally at least two rescue greyhounds to keep me company!
I am very blessed to be able to serve these beautiful rural churches and the village communities. Please do contact me at any time if you need any help, advice or a listening ear.
OUr reader: Karen Hatch
Karen trained as a midwife and after 30 years of clinical practice became a senior lecturer at the university, training student midwives. She has been worshiping at All Saints Church for 22 years and has served on the PCC for almost all of that time and as a church warden for 9 years.
Karen has always felt called to ‘do more’, to share her faith and to tell everyone the wonderful things that Jesus has done for her. She has been involved in both Healing and Children’s ministry within the Leam Valley Churches for several years and has been studying modules, run by the diocese, for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship and Mission.
The call to become a Licensed Reader was 'the next logical step' and following further training, she was Licensed by Bishop John in September 2018.
Karen is married to Roy and they have one daughter.
OUr reader: Karen Hatch
OUr reader emeritus: Dr alec Parker
My formal education began at the village school in Wimborne St Giles, where the first hour of each day was devoted to scripture. On this sound basis, I was able to move to Wimborne Minster, to the school founded by Lady Margaret Tudor, the mother of Henry VII. This lead to a commission in REME, a real job in the Third Infantry Division, and to a Dorset County Major Scholarship. Becoming a student again led to a degree in physics from Imperial College.
Wishing to work in industry, I was delighted to receive two invitations from Rugby, a centre of engineering excellence. One allowed me to continue my studies and to research in mechanical engineering. And so I joined the BTH Research Lab and married my dear wife Mary. Choosing to live in the country, we moved to Broadwell and began to worship at Leamington Hastings.
Serving as a Churchwarden from 1969 to 1994, I was persuaded by John Stevinson to become a Reader and have continued in that ministry ever since. My forte was conducting Morning Worship in one Parish of the Leam Valley Churches and Evening Prayer (naturally with the same sermon!) in another.
Meet The Churchwardens
St Mark's, Flecknoe
St Peter's, Grandborough
All Saints, Leamington Hastings
St Nicholas, Willoughby