If you know the person you need to contact please be in touch using the details below. Alternatively, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.


The Reverend Simon Tarlton – Assistant Curate (and acting Rector)
01600 890185|07462 893457 | Email
Simon is our curate, though while we are without a Rector he is in overall charge. Simon works full time. He also manages to find some time to run Phocas a new horticultural social enterprise venture which trains and mentors disadvantaged groups, particularly from among the homeless and recently released prisoner communities.


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Rector Designate – The Revd Sean AJ Semple
Sean has been appointed to be our new Rector and will take up the post on 30th July. Sean will be in charge of the ministry team.

Sean is currently the Incumbent in the Weobley and Staunton Group of Parishes. Prior to his appointment there in 2015 he has worked in the Presbyterian and Anglican Churches in South Africa, and in the Anglican Church in Cyprus. Sean was born in South Africa. He will be moving to Ross  with his wife Jenny and son Lex. Sean and Jenny have four older children currently living in South Africa, North Carolina and Scotland.

We look forward to welcoming them.

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The Reverend Canon Chris Blanchard – Associate Priest (Sunday – Wednesday)
The Vicarage, Walford.
01989 762368 | email
Chris is based at Walford, and will often be found taking services there, but he works across the whole team team. Chris works part time.


The Reverend Colin Leggate – Chaplain to Commerce and Industry
Colin is a retired hospital chaplain and now a member of the clergy team. He keeps the church in touch with the business community in the town where he has recently been chair of the Association of Ross Traders. He takes services quite regularly around the Benefice and is Chaplain to the local Sea Cadets

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The Reverend Prebendary Caroline Pascoe – Associate Priest
Caroline has recently retired from her roll is Lay Development Officer for the Diocese of Hereford, however she is continuing her association with us and spends a small amount of her time taking services occasionally.

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Christine Cattanach – Intergenerational Missioner
As Intergenerational Missioner Christine works to bring new congregations to St Mary’s. She also works across the family of churches we represent in Ross and beyond. She is one of seven such Missioners that Hereford Diocese have invested in to empower us to help envisage the future of our churches. Christine has a heart for mission and a passion to see church re-imagined so that all generations are represented and people are able to connect with God regardless of where they are in their faith journey.  


Dr Derek Glover – Licensed Reader (retired)
01989 565167 | e-mail
Derek is one of our licensed readers, although technically retired, he still very much a part of our team. as such he is frequently to be found taking services around the benefice and taking responsibility for many areas of the work that goes on within it. Derek has specific responsibility for Hospital and Homes  Chaplaincy, Education programmes and Safeguarding. 


Canon Freda Davies – Licensed Reader
01989 562366 | e-mail
Freda is a licensed reader and takes services around the benefice. She has responsibility for some areas of the work that goes on within it.

Louise Jarvis – Benefice Administrator
The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
01989 562175 | email
Louise works in the Benefice Office each week day from 09:00 – 12:00. She is often the first point of contact for enquiries.

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Mark Sanderson – Director of Music, St Mary’s
c/o The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
07484 379894  | email
Mark is responsible for the music in our services at St Mary’s. He plans music and musical events, rehearses and conducts our choir and plays for services from time to time. He also runs the church and Benefice websites.


Adrian Taylor – Organist, St Mary’s
c/o The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
Adrian plays the organ for most services at St Mary’s, he oversees the care of the organ and works closely with the choir. Beyond St Mary’s Adrian is the conductor of Ross-on-Wye Choral Society.

Church Wardens at the three churches:
Ross-on-Wye: John Setchfield | Janet Cooper
Walford: Murray Alston | Gay Chinn
Brampton Abbotts: Rosemary Knapp | Len Nuttall


Please use the contact form here to be in touch with the Benefice Administrator (see above for further contact details).