Rev Ashley Buck
Ashley was born in Bridgnorth in 1961. He read History at Manchester University and trained for the Ministry at Cuddesdon Theological College, with parish placements at Kirkby, Merseyside, and Rotherhithe, London. He served as curate at Addington, Surrey and St Peter's Eaton Square, London, before returning to Shropshire in the Wenlock Team Ministry, where in due course he became Rural Dean of Condover. He moved to Cleobury Mortimer in 2003 and is now Rural Dean of Ludlow. Ashley is married to Jo, and they have three grown-up children.
Rev David Eve
David was born in 1945 and trained at King's College London and St Augustine's College Canterbury. He was ordained Deacon in 1975 and ordained Priest the following year. David has spent all his time in the West Midlands, starting out as curate at the Church of the Ascension (Diocese of Birmingham) where he remained for several years after ordination, then as Team Vicar at King's Norton from 1979-84, and as Vicar of Rowley Regis until 1993. Before coming to live in Cleobury Mortimer David was a non-stipendiary minister at Hallow and Grimley with Holt, in the Diocese of Worcester.
Rev Sue Barrett
Sue was born in Berkshire in 1956, trained as a teacher and qualified with a BEd at Brighton University. She taught in Worcestershire where she met James and married in 1981, they have three grown up children and six grandchildren. In 2003 she trained for Ordination at The Queens' Foundation in Birmingham. She has been a Self Supporting Minister in two different parishes in Worcestershire but was called with James to open their home as a Retreat House in 2012. A move to Cleobury Mortimer in 2017 has meant the Retreat work could grow alongside her role as Assistant Minister in the Benefice.
Rev Martin Quayle
Martin was born in Burnham, Bucks in 1960. He qualified as a dentist in 1982 at the Royal London Hospital, and spent most of his career in London. He and his wife, Fiona, moved to Shropshire in 2004. They have five grown up children and five grandchildren. Martin was ordained deacon in 2008 after training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and has served in both the Winchester and Hereford dioceses. He still practises as a dentist, and also dabbles in fig-cultivating and beekeeping.
Rev Joe Simons
Joe was born in Coventry, Warwickshire in 1962. He studied Urban Estate Surveying at Nottingham Trent University subsequently qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. After working for a variety of retailers including Boots the Chemists he set up his own Property Consultancy.
Faith has been right at the heart of his life, the darkness that comes with loss took him on a deeper journey within, which after a great deal of encouraging and challenge led him to where he is today.
He is enjoying living in the town and exploring the lovely countryside with his wife Karen and their two dogs.
He is looking forward to his curacy and getting to know you all.
Charlie grew up in Hertfordshire before attending university in Reading and serving four years in the Army. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and married Emma, a Shropshire girl in 1987; they have four adult children and currently live in Neen Sollars. Charlie came to faith after attending a guest service at HTB church in London and joined an Alpha course there in 1985. After becoming a Reader in 2001 he now helps to lead Alpha in the benefice, a prayer group on Monday nights and leads worship at Neen Sollars and sometimes elsewhere.
Hello. Avril and I arrived in Cleobury Mortimer last October. Having already visited St Mary’s several times, we recognised this as the right place for us to continue our faith journey. We had intended to retire closer to our son Andrew his wife Keeley and young children Sonny and Evie. Those plans were brought forward when it became apparent that Avril would be heavily involved in the care of baby Evie who has a serious kidney condition.
Avril had been brought up in Halifax, whilst home for me was Epsom. We met as students, through the Christian Union at Leicester University. After graduation, we lived in Bromley (Kent). Avril was briefly a Social Worker before a serious stroke led to a change of direction and a career as a Speech and Language Therapist. I became a Solicitor, specialising in family law. I later trained as a Family Mediator and practised both disciplines until 2015. We moved to Worcestershire in 1976 and settled in the village of Kempsey.
I continue to practise as a mediator (and as a mentor to other mediators) both in Worcester, at various locations around the West Midlands and (especially now) via video-conferencing. Retirement is not an imminent prospect as I enjoy my work and regard it as a part of my Christian Ministry.
We were part of a Baptist Church until about 2005 when we felt that it was time to reflect upon our future spiritual journey. We found a new home in the local Parish Church where I was confirmed and, in 2012, admitted and licensed as a Reader. Because of the demands of my ‘secular’ work, my Reader Ministry has been principally as a preacher of God’s Word and leading non-Eucharistic services. I anticipate that this will continue to be the case in the CM Benefice, joining a team dedicated to sharing the good news of God’s saving love for humankind.
We have been hugely encouraged by the welcome and support that we have received from the church community here and look forward to working alongside you.
Youth and Family Worker
Mark grew up in the Lake District, moving to Oxfordshire in the mid ’90’s. He started working for Midlands Electricity Board in 2001. Upon completion of his apprenticeship he worked in the faults department as a cable jointer. In 2006 he made a decision to take a year out and applied to to become an Activity Instructor at the Pioneer Centre. The plan was always to go back after 12 months but God had other plans. In 2008 Mark and his friend Bev started volunteering for SMYP, moving the monthly fun session at the Pioneer Centre to a weekly youth club based in the Parish Hall. In 2009 Mark started the long road to completing a distance learning degree in Youth Work through the Open University (it took 7 years!). In 2010 the youth work had grown so much that the PCC made the bold move to employ Mark as full time Youth Worker with very little funding but a faith that God was in it and would provide. Mark married his friend Bev in 2010 and they now have two children who are very much part of the work of SMYP. Their trust and faith in Jesus is what drives their commitment to this community and to see young people and their families become the best version of themselves.