I came to Northampton as a young music teacher in my first job – and I am still here! I attended Queensgrove Church where I soon became involved with the Choir and Girl Guides, and later ran a Mums & Tots group, a Rainbow Unit and a Youth Club. I met Roy at Queensgrove and we married and raised a family. Over the years we have enjoyed working together leading worship music, and we still do, although our membership is now at Great Billing chapel. I value the support of working ecumenically in a village and I especially enjoy meeting for Prayer Breakfasts at Billing and Bible studies at Roade.
We have two sons and now two lovely granddaughters. I play the viola in several orchestras and my hobbies are Scottish Dancing and learning Spanish.
My motivation as a Circuit Steward is to be a support to the ministers, an encourager to the local churches, and a facilitator of good management procedures in the Circuit. One of my favourite worship songs when I was younger was “I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation”. Even though I am retired and in an older generation I still love the challenge of these words!
Married to Jenny with three children Naomi, Matthew and Rebecca.
I have worshipped at St Andrews since it opened, and prior to that attended the old Harlestone Road. I have been an accredited local preacher for 32 years. I am the Financial Controller at Northampton General Hospital where duties vary from ensuring charity donations are banked to preparation of the Annual Accounts.. Prior to this I was a Rail Industry Accountant.
Spare time ? Gardening, supporting the Saints and railway modelling.
Vic Winchcombe, was appointed at the Circuit Meeting in June 2013. Vic is married to Mary and they have two grown up children and four grandchildren. His interests include Family, Travel, Reading, and Northampton Saints Rugby Club. The Son of a Methodist Lay Preacher, Vic has maintained his roots with the Methodist Church and is an active member of Kingsthorpe Methodist Church.
In 1989 Vic founded a Public Relations and Development Consultancy working specifically within the Christian sector. He has a wide experience of working with Christian Church Initiatives across the UK and clients have included the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, YMCA Scotland, Youth for Christ, Share Jesus International, the Arthur Rank Centre and a range of local church and Christian Voluntary Sector Organisations initiatives.
Over the years he has actively worked with some of the Leading Evangelists of this age including David Watson, Don Summers, Nicky Cruz, Roy Crowne, Rob Frost and has organised major evangelistic events including Concerts, Missions, and Conferences for Outreach and Mission Training.
Vic has been a Trustee of the College of Preachers and currently is an active Trustee of LWPT, the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust. a dynamic, ecumenical Trust whose main aim and purpose is to support and help preachers and leaders of worship. In Northamptonshire, he is the Chair of the Manna House Trust, a Christian charity whose work includes the second largest voluntary sector Counselling Service in Northamptonshire, a UK wide Counsellor Training Programme, a Housing Project and Christian Bookshop and Internet Bookshop. Vic is a Board Member of Faithworks Northampton that organises a quarterly Christian Leaders Lunch with National Speakers and a programme of seminars and workshops concerned with Social Issues.
I have lived in this area for most of my life, being brought up in a happy Methodist family, married for 32 years, before losing my husband in 2001.
I am a Registered nurse/Manager working now as a Consultant and teaching Decontamination Sciences, on a part-time basis, in private and NHS premises all over the United Kingdom.
When the church at Maidford closed in 1996 our family moved their worship eventually to Harpole where we have been happy and I hope I have contributed to the work of the church in my time there.
The other main interests in my life are my Institute work in education and the local and National NHS Retirement Fellowship. Love gardens, painting etc as time permits.