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meet the clergy

Reverend Dave Thompson


I was previously at the Parish of Stoneclough. Prior to that I served for 14 years in the Diocese of Blackburn. My curacy was in Morecambe and then I spent 10 years as a Vicar in two parishes in Preston.

I was born in Fleetwood and grew up in Blackpool, where my parents and sisters still live. That's the reason for my lifelong support for Blackpool FC. I also enjoy playing cricket as well as listening to music and reading.

I am perfectly happy being called Dave! Vicar is my title, and it is an honour to be called to serve God in this way. But Dave will do fine and indeed is preferable as we seek not only to be servants of the Saviour but friends also.

We feel privileged to be with you in the Benefice and are excited about sharing our Christian pilgrimage together.


Reverend Paul Sanderson


After serving the Parish as Reader for 20 years I was ordained as a local minister in 2005. 

I am a local lad having been born in Radcliffe and ironically lived my first 7 years in Stoneclough before moving to Bury. I am married to Diane, have a teenage daughter and a deaf Jack Russell called Dodger. I have recently retired from a career as a Science teacher in secondary, further education and sixth form.

Apart from serving God my passion is walking and if I'm not in the Lake District or walking a long distance footpath you will see me out and about in the local area with the dog.


Reverend Gill Barnett


This is a really exciting time for me as the newest to the team having been ordained deacon in June 2015.  I will finish my post as a Maths teacher in Manchester in July and take up a completely different role working for God in Walmersley.  I’m not as new to the scene as you might think, having lived and worshipped in Ramsbottom for just over 25 years!  I originally come from Stoke and can still be found checking the makers’ marks on crockery!

Out of hours, I love spending time with my grown-up children, my grandchildren and my very old dog.  I enjoy walking, socialising and live music and theatre.  I am very much looking forward to living out the gospel with all in the benefice,


Reverend Don Altham