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Who’s who at St Thomas

Who's Who at St Thomas

Vicar
Rev'd Alex Sanders, MA
Alex has been vicar of Mellor since 2012. She was ordained priest in 2010 and served her curacy in Tarporley and Worleston, South Cheshire. Before ordination training (on the Yorkshire Ministry Course) she had a number of jobs including personnel officer, tour guide, Parish Clerk, army officer, National Lottery grants assessor, and chief executive of a fundraising and grantmaking charity. A surprising number of skills learned in these former jobs have come in useful in Parish life. She is married to Nick and has two grown-up daughters and two ageing dogs. Alex enjoys cryptic crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, playing the piano and chocolate.01614271203
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Reader
Nick Sanders
Nick has been licensed as a Reader at St Thomas since 2013 following three years theological training run by All Saints in the Chester Diocese. He is also married to the vicar!
Nick is a proud Devonian, although says that the North is not all that bad. After spending 13 years in the Royal Navy he was called to the bar, and then practised as a solicitor for many years before Alex and he moved to the Falkland Islands in 2001 when he was appointed as the Senior Magistrate and HM Coroner of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, Ascension Island and the British Antarctic Territory. His current day job is a little less exotic as a lawyer in Manchester and he is interested in the English canals and croquet.
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Reader Emeritus
Peter Harrison
Peter worked as a GP in Marple until retiring just before the millenium.
Responding to the challenge of the the Bishop of Derby, Jonathan Bailey, in an article he trained as a Reader and was licensed in 1999. in Dec 2015 he applied to become Emeritus, effectively retiring from regular ministry but remaining available to assist in emergencies or as back up in busy times. While St. Thomas' remained in the Diocese of Derby he worked on several committees and was on the Bishop's Council.
Married to Pat they brought up five children and have four grandchildren,
He maintains an active commitment to the L'Arche Manchester Community, serving as a Trustee and working as an assistant one day a week.
An avid reader of books ranging from theology to crime fiction he also enjoys gardening, walking and playing golf and bridge.
Churchwardens
Anthea Nicholls
Anthea was born in Norwich, although her father was born in Mellor and her mother in far-away Bredbury and so feels more at home in the North West than Norfolk. She has moved around the country a fair amount, having gone to school in Weybridge and Rickmansworth., worked in the Met Office at RAF Coltishall, London Heathrow, Manchester and Liverpool airports. While working at Imperial College Met. Dept in London, she met her husband, Guy and moved to Norwich to work at Anglia Television in the Weather Office. Eventually they returned to Mellor to bring up their four children. Having retired from Umist, she has more time to spend on various hobbies and not least on being a Churchwarden!
David Butterworth
ButterworthDavid has lived in Marple Bridge for the past 37 years, but is proud to have been born in Salford and brought up next door in Swinton where he spent most of his working life as a GP. He took early retirement 12 years ago because of his deafness and has spent most of the time since then remedying his lack of a classical education by completing a very part-time degree in Ancient History. He married Jenny 39 years ago at St Thomas’ and, after having two children, she worked for 23 years as our first Parish Secretary.
He enjoys gardening, walking (dogs and fells) and reading, especially about history both ancient and modern, and railways both old and new. He still enjoys travelling by train, so much so that he travelled with his daughter from Marple to Istanbul by train (although they flew back!).
He feels humbled to have been invited to become a churchwarden and privileged to be the Honorary Medical Officer to the St Thomas’ bell-ringers.
Maggie Williams
(Deputy Churchwarden)
Director of Music
Andrew Dean
Treasurer
Karen Greenough
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Secretary
Julie Elliott
Julie Elliott is married to Richard, who has recently stood down as one of our Churchwardens. Together they have lived in Marple Bridge for donkey’s years and have been part of St.Thomas’ congregation since their girls were babies. Before moving here, which she says was ‘a leap in the dark’, they lived in south London for about 5 years. Julie originally came from Shropshire and went to university in Liverpool, so professes a love of Scousers!
Since leaving school she knew she wanted to be a social worker, and so set about becoming one. So for more years than she cares to remember now she has worked with children at risk of harm and children in care.
Julie has worked with children in the church too – helping with the Vestry group for about 10 years, helping to run the annual Edale weekends and helping with choir trips. She has also had a number of stints on the PCC, and recently offered to take on the role of Secretary for which we are all very grateful!

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