Amidst the general hecticness of Holy Week, a very quick welcome to Ashley Thompson, our new Director of Music, and the Rev Canon Ann Clarke, our new (and first!) House for Duty Associate Priest.
Ashley will start with us at on Sunday 30 April with his first choir rehearsal on Friday 5 May, whilst we look forward to welcoming Ann to the parish in September.
Ashley was previously Director of Music at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity Rayleigh, The Ordinariate at St John Fisher, Prittlewell; and the Evensong Organist for The Parish Church of St. Alban The Protomartyr, Romford.
Ann is currently the stipendiary Priest in Charge at Holy Cross Church, North Bersted, Bognor Regis and is also an Honorary Canon at Chichester Cathedral. The Diocese of Chelmsford have issued this press release. Ann Clarke announcement notice
The Grapevine will feature interviews with both Ashley and Ann once they take up their appointments, but, for now, welcome from all of us at the parish.