Who's who

Alan Garrow – Vicar of St Peter’s Church

Alan joined St Peter’s, along with Emma and their two school-age children, in April 2016. Since ordination in 1993 he has done a lot of different jobs - but this is the first time he has been 'the Vicar'. Since becoming Vicar of St Peter's, however, he's been wondering why he's been avoiding such a great job for so long! His main hobby is finding out about more about first century history - trying to answer questions like: why did people in the first century think it was a good idea to follow Jesus? You can find out more about his writing and research at www.alangarrow.com. Otherwise, he loves being outdoors and meeting new people.

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Chris ClaytonChris Clayton – Curate

I was born and bred in Bradford and I'm married to my wonderful wife Samantha, who was my childhood sweetheart. We have been together for 21 years and married for 15. We have two amazing boys - Alexander and Daniel - who both attend secondary school. My hobbies include supporting the mighty Bradford City FC (someone has to) and I also enjoy playing football, golf and paintball. Before ordination I worked in the hotel trade for six years and at Bradford College as the customer services manager in IT for eleven years. 

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Sian Lockwood OBE –  Churchwarden

Sian and her family have attended St Peter’s for many years. She has held a number of posts in the church, including Churchwarden from 2014-2018. She lives in Nidd with her husband Rob and has three grown-up children.
She is CEO of a charitable company which operates throughout the UK.

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Sarah Martin –  Churchwarden

Sarah, originally from Kent, has lived in Harrogate for over 30 years. She is married to Steve and has a delightful granddaughter, born during lockdown 2020. She is passionate about the value of prayer and nurturing others through the Alpha course. Sarah has been a dedicated Lay Reader at St Peter's for six years. She began her career life in hospitality but now works as an Assistant Accountant in Harrogate. She adores walking with friends and bird watching. 


Kate Blake - St Peter’s Safeguarding Officer

  Details of our safeguarding policy are available here.






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Carole Raw – Parish Administrator

Carole has worked in the Parish Office since 2002, and was appointed Parish Administrator in 2008. She returned to Harrogate when she married, after working in South East Asia for Oxfam, and studying Indonesian and Malay at London University. She has two children and enjoys cooking for friends, walking and rambling in the Yorkshire Dales.

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David Hipkin – Treasurer

David and Jill have lived in Harrogate since 2006 and have been attending St Peter’s for several years, helping with the Sanctuary youth group and morning coffee. David worked in the software industry for over 30 years providing quality management and facilities software. In recent years he has really enjoyed working with local business leaders as a Business Coach and facilitating monthly peer support meetings. David loves the great outdoors, enjoying walking, running, visits to the coast, canal boats and sailing, as well as time in the garden and photography.  

In his role as Treasurer David has been implementing a new accounting system designed specifically for churches and the charity sector which will automatically produce the reports we need for the diocese and statutory reporting. However, more importantly David is keen to use the system to its full potential and look for opportunities to make life easier for anyone involved in the many different activities that happen every day in St Peter’s that have an impact on our finances.  Please do get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions or have a passion for helping ensure our finances can continue to support the fantastic work delivered by St Peter’s. 

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Nigel Bearcroft – Caretaker 

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Rachel Fell – PCC Secretary

Rachel has been PCC Secretary since January 2014 and is a corporate lawyer with a firm of solicitors in Leeds.  She is wife to Terry and they have three young children.  Rachel returned to her Harrogate roots some 17 years ago after living in Leeds, Grimsby and Manchester and has never looked back.  In her spare time, Rachel enjoys baking, the theatre and family days out in the wonderful Yorkshire countryside.

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Marian Chambers – Weekly News and Parish Newsletter Editor

Marian has been the editor of our weekly news sheet The Weekly News since 2015 and more recently the parish newsletter THE NET. She is a retired primary school teacher and has been worshipping at St Peter’s with her family for over 20 years. She and her husband, David, have two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren.

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