Who's Who, and how to Contact Us


Our clergy and volunteers are here to support you.  Please use the information below to contact us when you need to

If you need to contact a member of the clergy on a confidential matter, to seek advice or to unburden yourself please do not hesitate to do so


We are experiencing a vancancy at the present time.  

Associate Priest :

The Reverend Andrew Leach                                                                        

Andrew was ordained Deacon in 2010 and priested in 2011 and was created Associate Priest in July 2013 after a spell as our Curate. He is the benefice administrator. He is a Locally Ordained Minister, lives in Painswick and is married to Elaine. They have one daughter, Catherine.


Telephone : 07564 448692

E-mail: ajpleach@googlemail.com



The churchwardens are volunteers elected annually from amongst members of the congregation. They organize everything from cutting the grass to organizing the smooth running of church committees and the Sunday services. Churchwardens are the unsung heroes of typical Anglican church parishes and do their best to absorb all the tensions that exist in any healthy family.

Painswick Sue Welbourn 01452 812721 cedarhouseonline@talktalk.net
  Margaret Radway 01452-813440 Margaret.Radway@tiscali.co.uk
Cranham Nicole Wotherspoon 01452 812387 nicolewotherspoon@gmail.com
  Keith Ardron 01452-617648 keithardron@gmail.com
Edge Ann Simmons 01452-812423 eannsimmons@hotmail.com
  Malcolm Hollingsworth 01452 812780 malcolm@optimumoils.co.uk
Pitchcombe Mary Morse 01452 813824 memorse1@btinternet.com
  Rosemary Jones 01452 813103 Rosemary@halesmead.co.uk
Sheepscombe Tessa Lentel 01453 758095 TessaLentel@aol.com
  Gordon Horner 01452 812128  Gordon.horner@btinternet.com
Harescombe Tamsin Leeper   tamsinleeper@btinternet.com
  Brian Stanley 01452 813753 brians319@aol.com

Other Non-Stipendiary and Retired Clergy

The Revd Canon Michael Irving

Ordained at 38 after working in the hotel industry in London and as an Outward Bound instructor for seven years in Cumbria. Has served as a parish priest in four parishes in Gloucester Diocese, the last Minchinhampton where he was for 12 years. He retired in 2008. He was one time Director of Ordinands. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. He is married to Clare and they have three adult children.


E-mail : mi@vale-view.co.uk



The Revd David Newell

David is an active retired priest.  He was ordained in 2003 as a local minister after a career as an agricultural consultant in the Ministry of Agriculture.  He lives in Painswick with his wife Jean.  His other interests include gardening, tennis and travelling.


E-mail :  d.newell083@btinternet.com





The Revd Chris Garrett

Chris is a long-standing Painswickian -first here in 1964. Vicar of a South London parish for 20 years. At present with special connection with Cranham. Very happy to go on taking services (including .BCP). Also funerals, weddings and baptisms.

E-mail :    chrisandsandyg@gmail.com










Licensed Readers

Sue Hartley Licensed since 2010. Home church Cranham but happy to work across the Benefice. Works full time for NHS as Healthcare Assistant. Assists as Deacon for Eucharistic services, takes services of the word (including. BCP) and special services e.g. All Souls, Remembrance, Christingle, Crib Service.

Sue Stanley For the past ten years Sue has served as Reader in the Beacon Benefice mainly concerned with pastoral care, home communions visiting the sick and bereavement support but also conducting funerals. Conducts a communion service monthly at three local care /nursing homes. Sue also takes Sunday services when required. She feels it very important to meet people at their point of need. Sue hopes to continue with this ministry in the future

Mike Campbell  has been involved at St Mary’s since moving into Painswick with his wife, Chris, and border collie, Wesley, in 2005.  Mike is currently Secretary to St Mary’s PCC, and a member of both Deanery and Diocesan Synods. Mike began training with WEMTC as a Reader in September 2012, and was licensed as a Lay Minister in September 2014, having been ‘fast-tracked’ because of his previous training as an Accredited Methodist Local Preacher.


The Beacon Benefice Mission Team

The Beacon Mission Team was established in 2013. Members come from across the Benefice. They are involved with assisting for services, leading prayer groups and house groups, and helping with Psalms activities. We organised a very successful Prayer weekend in 2017. We meet every two months. which includes some training.  We are:

Andrew Leach  

Delyth Allen

Nikki Babbs

Liz Burge

Pat Chase

Liz Davies

Karen Goddard

Sue Hartley

Clare Irving

Ann Kennett

George Martin

Karen Riding

Ruth Robinson

Mary Sparkes

Margaret Todd

Sue Welbourn

Gwen Welch

All the Clergy, Churchwardens, Readers and the Mission Team may also be contacted via the Benefice Office (See Below)

The Lychgate Office 

The Benefice Office is situated in the Lychgate, which is the small half-timbered building at the West end of the churchyard.  It was built at the turn of the Twentienth Century out of the oak timbers which were rescued from the spire of the church after it was struck by lighning and caught fire several years before.  The exterior walls are inscribed with passages from Scripture and the barge boards are carved with decorations in the form of bells.  The staff at the Office is mainly volunteer, assisted by one part-time Administrator, Lydia Savage.


Office Address :                    The Lychgate Office, Stroud Road, Painswick,   

                                                  Gloucestershire.   GL6 6UT

Church Office Telephone :       01452 814795

Open :                                         Monday — Friday, 9am to 12 pm,

                                                    (There is an answering machine out of hours)

E-mail :                                      lychgateoffice@btinternet. com


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