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We are pleased to welcome Rev’d Natasha Brady as our new Vicar, who joined us on 26th August. For an introduction to Natasha, please click here.

Church Wardens

Paul Elderfield – Church Warden & Deanery Synod Rep

Paul is back living again in Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges on the road where he was born. Paul is a hardworking husband, dad, granddad, uncle, brother, brother-in-law and friend. He doesn’t usually make a drama out of a crisis and is good at lateral thinking and problem solving. He is not so good at getting jobs done about the house and the odd job list gets longer by the week.  However, Paul gives freely of his time to the things closest to his heart – the church, his family, friends and holidays in the Greek Islands!

Listen to sermons by Paul here.

Simon McDowell – Church Warden

Simon has lived in Stoke Poges for 14 years and over the past year has spent far more time in church than his parents ever imagined he would, as he has been overseeing the restoration of St Giles’. He is married to Heather and has two boys and a Labrador and would ideally like to live full time on a remote Scottish island with a large collection of wine and interesting cars, but for now will settle for Stoke Poges, a small stash of wine and some uninteresting cars.


Tony Bunce – PCC Member

Tony BunceTony has lived in Stoke Poges for 48 years. He is married to Anne and they have two Children: Nigel and Paula.

Although in-theory retired, he works at Brunel University in the Biological Science department and when time permits has hobbies which include DIY, woodturning and photography.

Richard Beckingsale – PCC member

Richard Beckingsale

Richard moved to Stoke Poges in the late 1970’s with his wife Jackie and two children Jonathan and Kerry. Made redundant in 1981 he strengthened his faith having joined a Life Group, and later led one for many years. Retired in 2002, and moved to Farnham Common in 2008 and was widowed in 2009.

Richard is currently Honorary Verger and Sacristan at St Giles, has responsibility for Health & Safety and is a member of the Property Committee. Over the years he has organised the Electoral Roll, edited the Church Magazine, organised the Sidesmen’s Rota and maintained the Church Terriers and Inventories.

Shares his time between the Church and helping to run the Community Library in Farnham Common and a Day Centre in Windsor, when he is not off cruising.

Kate Holliday – PCC Member

Kate is the Parish Administrator and on her office days can be found at “Mission Control” at St Andrew’s managing the wide variety of queries and events entailed. Outside the office, she has many other talents including baking, gardening and scrapbooking and has been a member of the Ladies’ Life Group for a number of years.

Kate has lived in the village for nearly thirty years, is married to Tim and has two grown up children.

Gaynor Houghton-Jones – PCC Member & Treasurer

Gaynor is a passionate Welsh woman who is addicted to the-houghton-jones-150x150books, theatre, opera and rugby and loves Rock ‘n Roll.  She has always been involved with various churches within the Anglican faith but joined St Giles because of the warmth of the welcome received.A retired Justices’ Clerk and barrister by profession she has now amazed herself by taking on the Treasurer’s role and learning the intricacies of church accounts.

She is married to Hywel who, apart from sharing her addictions, is the star Barista of the 9 a.m. service at St Giles, the keeper of the Mothers’ Union flowerbed, a lover of graves and monuments. They have one son, Rhys, who lives in London.

Nigel Lowe – PCC Member
nigel loweNigel’s stock phrase is “You can trust me, I’m a builder!”. Born ‘up North’ he now lives on the eastern borders of Stoke Poges. Has wife, various children who have all left home, and a multitude of animals who haven’t. Rumoured to be over 70, has yet to learn what retirement means and can be found on the roof or down the drains at the church buildings. Committed to spreading the Gospel.  Nigel is involved in many aspects of the life and work of the Church in Stoke Poges.
Listen to sermons by Nigel here.
 Alicen Nickson – PCC Member & Secretary

Alicen’s day job as Director of Research & Enterprise at Royal Holloway, University of London keeps her on her toes, but not as much as being Mum to two small girls and wife to Piers. She loves travelling and exploring the great outdoors whenever she gets the chance.  Her other passion is reading and her Life Group buddies are often inspired by snippets of wisdom she has found in some weighty volume.

Jennifer Pickering – PCC Member

A retired schoolteacher, Jennifer’s life revolves around music. She has been a member of St. Giles for a long time and sings in the St. Giles choir as well as the Eton and Windsor Choral Society. Her husband Philip is a music teacher and a trumpet player whose parents also took an active role in the life of the church, worshipping at St. Giles for many years.

Jennifer is a member of the band of Flower Ladies which decorates St. Giles, sits on the Property committee, is a member of a Life Group and is the first to volunteer for any extra tasks that have to be done.

Jennifer has a daughter Heather who is married to Martin and two grandsons Joshua and Noah.

 Mark Wells – PCC Member & Deanery Synod Repmwells-145x150

Mark has lived in Stoke Poges for 20 years and is a previous Church warden. His proper job is helping Technology Companies grow which he loves. He also likes cars and all things mechanical and electrical and owns almost every variety of Power Tool and can even use some of them.
Mark usually has a few projects on the go including some for the Church, previous ones have been the Youth Hall, Flats and additional land at St Andrews and helping secure a Curate. Mark is married to Margriet who fortunately makes up for all his poor social skills.

John Wheatley – PCC Member & Deanery Synod Rep
john-wheatley-150x150John is a business manager, married to Alison and has three daughters – who all claim that he is far too soft and that he will allow his three grandchildren to get away with anything.  I’m sure that if you need any help John is the person to ask (although if it is DIY you would be wiser to ask Alison). John loves his family and friends, his life and our Lord.