The Heart of God at the Heart of our Community

Lay Leaders

Julie Mizen

Julie became church warden in May 2017, having been part Crofton Parish for nearly ten years. Over the years, Julie has served in a variety of ways including leading a home group, helping with different elements of youth work and being part of the Causeway service team. Having trained as a teacher, Julie was a…

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Sue Elgie

Sue became the voluntary PA to Rev Richard England in October 2016 after retiring from the role of a ‘European Regulatory and Safety Lead’ for a major retailer.  Her experience within this role has proved to be the perfect apprenticeship to becoming the vicars PA! Sue is married to John, they have 6 adult children,…

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Kathryn England

Kathryn oversees the worship ministry at Holy Rood in a voluntary capacity. She is one of several worship leaders and spends her time working with them, developing the ministry and also helping to shape the key festivals in the year. Kathryn works as a private piano tutor and is married to our vicar, Richard.

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Beth Yeandle

As the Parish’s voluntary Training & Discipleship Team Leader, Beth works alongside the Incumbent to pioneer and develop a vision for discipleship and training in Crofton Parish that starts at the beginning (Alpha, new members), lays a foundation for discipleship for life and continues to help followers of Jesus grow into leadership and mission in…

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Jenny Wilford

Jenny volunteers as Seniors Community Development Worker for Crofton Parish. She is married to Wilf and have two adult daughters. Jenny trained originally as a nurse working in the armed forces before moving onto do training in social work working and living in the local area. Throughout her working life Jenny’s role had been to…

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Simon Swindells

Simon became PCC Secretary in 2015.  He and his wife Pauline moved to the village in 2013 after retiring from the computer development industry.  He has two children, one of whom also attends Holy Rood with his two grandchildren. While not busy on PCC agendas and minutes, or looking after the parish website, you may…

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Sorel Mitchell

Sorel has worshipped at St Edmund’s for about thirty years and has been a member of the Congregational Team since 2002 she was a sub-warden from 2008 until she became a deputy-warden in 2020.   Sorel is kept busy as she has overall responsibility for the services at St. Edmund’s, this includes liaising with the leaders…

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Paul Grant

Paul is one of our sub-wardens and is also involved in our worship ministry. He is married with two children and a dog and lives in Stubbington.  Paul spends most of his time as a taxi driver for his children, working on home improvement, walking the dog or reading. In his spare time Paul is…

Steve Lazell

Steve is married and has two school aged children. He and his family have been members of Holy Rood church for many years. Steve started his second spell as treasurer in 2017.  Thankfully, there are a number of people who support Steve in his role as Treasurer, all working to ensure that the financial aspects…