Who’s Who in the Aln & Coastland Parishes

Revd Ian Mackarill


<p><strong>Revd Ian Mackarill</strong></p>

The Vicarage, Lesbury
NE66 3AU

Tel: 01665 830281

The Vicar’s day off is Monday

Ian has been the vicar of the Aln & Coastland Parishes since 2012.  Prior to this he was the Non-Stipendiary Ordained Ministry (NSM) Assistant Curate at the Waggoners Benefice, Harthill Deanery, Diocese of York, since ordination in June 2004.  Ian’s ministry is shaped, and is still being shaped, by many influences most notably St Francis of Assisi (he is a member of Third Order SSF).  Ian feels that St Francis embraces God’s creation in sacramental terms yet is firmly rooted in the need for ministry and evangelism.  He has also been influenced by aspects of, Celtic Christianity, Liberation theology a little Ignatian spirituality.

Ian worked for many years in Biomedical Sciences; initially in the hospital laboratory service and latterly for commercial Biotechnology companies. 

Ian is married to Claire, who offers spiritual accompaniment, and they have three adult children.

Helen Bishopp


<p><strong>Helen Bishopp</strong></p>

6 The Coppice
Lesbury, NE66 3NP

Tel: 01665 830236

Helen Bishopp is a Reader (lay minister) in the Aln and Coastland Parishes. She is a Third Order Franciscan and has a particular interest in how Franciscan theology can be helpful in sharing the Gospel with those who are not members of any church.  This was the main focus of the dissertation for her recently completed theology degree undertaken with the Lindisfarne Training Partnership.  She is currently responsible for children and families initiatives across the group particularly Messy Church and the annual Children’s Holiday Club.

Helen is married with three adult daughters and currently five granddaughters and a grandson. Now retired, most of her working life was spent in the pharmaceutical industry as an analytical chemist, but she has also worked as a secondary school biology teacher.

Helen enjoys singing with Alnwick Choral Society, keeping fit, knitting and sewing as well as spending time with her family and church family.

Susanna Swales


<p><strong>Susanna Swales</strong></p>

14 Ravensmede, Alnwick
NE66 2XP

Tel: 01665 600908

Anne Wager Bradley


<p><strong>Anne Wager Bradley</strong></p>

Swallowdale Cottage
Longhoughton Road, Lesbury
NE66 3AT

Dr Andrew Willmott

Churchwardens | Longhoughton
(including Boulmer)

<p><strong>Dr Andrew Willmott</strong></p>

Tel: 01665 577456

Mrs Lena Tait & Mr Jimmy Grey

Churchwardens | Howick

<p><strong>Mrs Lena Tait & Mr Jimmy Grey</strong></p>

Mrs Lena Tait
Tel: 01665 577473

Mr Jimmy Grey
Tel: 01665 577672

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Thought of the Week

You cannot wander anywhere that will not aid you.
Anything you can touch—God brought it into
the classroom of your mind.

—Daniel Ladinsky, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi