Who's who?

There are a great many people that work within the churches to make them the active organisations that they are.  Below you will find just a few of the key people who play an active role in the church. These people guide us spiritually and help ensure we have a caring, pleasant and positive environment in which to worship God.


Priest in Charge - Revd Canon Barbara Messham


Barbara has been in post since 2013. Formerly a secondary Maths teacher, she was ordained in 1999 in Guildford Diocese, was made Canon of Guildford Cathedral and now is Priest in Charge of the Severnside Benefice and Associate Vicar of Twyning parish and Tewkesbury Abbey.

With her background in education, Barbara enjoys her connections with the local schools and she is Vice-chair of Governors at Deerhurst and Apperley School.

When time allows, Barbara loves reading and keeping reasonably fit as well as watching most sports but particularly cricket, tennis and rugby. She and Phil are honorary vice-presidents of the Apperley Cricket Club and can often be found there on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!

Barbara is married to Phil and they have five children and six grandchildren.

She can be contacted on 01452 780880 or e-mail vicar@severnsidebeneficewithtwyning.co.uk


The churchwardens share responsibility for the administration of the parishes and care of the church buildings with the Vicar. 

The churchwardens are:

For Apperley and Deerhust: Roger Taylor

For Chaceley: Nigel Horner and Bernie Swann

For Forthampton: Phillipa Holloway and Lynda Remmer

For Tredinton and Stoke Orchard: Tessa Mills

For Twyning: Margaret Bailey and Chris Cole

They all possess a wealth of knowledge between them, so if you have a question, idea or concern, then they are always a good place to start if the Vicar is not to hand!

Assistant Curate - Revd Kay Mundy

Associate Priest - Revd Charles Whitney

Priests with the Bishop's Permission to Officiate:

Ven Ron Hesketh, Revd Nicholas von Benzon, Revd Tom Curtis, Revd Carolyn Methven, Revd Tim Hollis

Licensed Lay Readers

A Reader is a lay person, communicant member of the church, licensed by the Bishop to assist the Vicar by preaching, teaching, leading worship and helping with pastoral and other work. They may not preside over the Eucharist, nor lead weddings or baptisms.

Angela Cole, Vivienne Troughton, Mary-Ann Preece.

Local Ministry Team

Roger Taylor, Mary-Ann Preece, Corinna Pippard, Revd Kay Mundy, Tessa Mills and Revd Canon Barbara Messham